South Metro Fire says their Twitter page was hacked

A tweet sent by the account trashed an ESPN broadcaster

KUSA - South Metro Fire says their official Twitter page was hacked after it sent out an odd tweet Saturday about the Florida-Florida State college football game slated for later in the day.

"#FloridaGators #fsu @Seminoles won't watch #FSUvsUF because of the grating voice of @bethmowins #worstsportsbroadcaster," the tweet read.

It refers to the rivalry game between two mediocre college football teams slated for ESPN later in the day and a play-by-play announcer for ESPN named Beth Mowins. 

Eric Hurst, a spokesperson for South Metro Fire, says the IT department believes the account was hacked - and does not believe anyone in the department who had access to the account sent the tweet accidentally or otherwise.

The account went down briefly on Saturday in an attempt to boot anyone logged in off the page, Hurst says.

It has since been reactivated and sent out a tweet clarify the hack and pointing people to a Twitter support page that can help make accounts more secure.

Five South Metro employees have access to the account, according to Hurst. At this time, none of those employees is believed to have sent the count and none are considered at fault.

 

 

Hurst told 9NEWS that they did a location check of recent log-ins and found someone using a social media program called Hootsuite, which none of the team uses.

In addition, Hurst thinks it unlikely any of those with access sent it because none are college football fans.

At this time, SMFR does not think their servers have been hacked.

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