Carr's Twitter account hacked
Cape Town - Stormers loose forward Nizaam Carr had his Twitter account hacked on Thursday, but the matter has since been resolved and the
offending Twitter account has been shut down with immediate effect.
WP Rugby issued a statement on the matter, as follows:
“Unfortunately Nizaam Carr’s Twitter account
was hacked and, ultimately, taken over by someone who was responsible
for a series of vitriolic posts via Nizaam’s account – unbeknown to
“This person who hacked Nizaam’s account then also managed to lock
Nizaam out of his own account – thereby not allowing him to delete any
of those posts or, crucially, to deactivate the account with immediate
“Through the SA Rugby Communications Department, we got in touch with
a representative of Twitter who is based abroad and, despite the best
efforts of the hacker, we were able to eventually (after some time and
with the help of Twitter) regain control of the account and shut it down
shortly before 20h00 on Thursday night (February 26).
“It initially happened on Wednesday night (February 25) with a few
posts but it was immediately sorted out via a password change. However,
it began again on Thursday afternoon (February 26) and it escalated
rather quickly thereafter. On both occasions of the account being hacked
Nizaam was the first to inform us of the matter and the official DHL
Stormers Twitter handle reacted swiftly to inform members of the public
that Nizaam was not in any way responsible for any of the tweets.
Thereafter, the WP Rugby media/marketing department was on hand to help
further diffuse the situation and eventually – after some four hours –
delete the offensive tweets and, importantly, shut the account down.
“It is an unfortunate matter which caused Nizaam some very
unnecessary anguish. It is very sad that there are people out there who
are capable of doing this, but we are just glad that it is now behind