Jets say someone hacked Clowney's Twitter account

On Monday, it appeared that Jets receiver David Clowney was on the Larry Johnson career path, via a Twitter rant that invited a fan via direct message to “kill yourself” and a string of “F” bombs on his public page.

But the Jets have since explained that Clowney’s Twitter account was hacked by a “rogue tweeter.”  Indeed, some of the messages posted by the hacker acknowledge said hacking.

The most recent post, from roughly 11 hours ago, apparently was from the real Clowney:  Everybody this is David!! I am so sorry, these comments ARE NOT me.”

Still, the profane tweets remain.  Someone should tell Clowney that there’s a way to delete them.

All that said, some will suspect that Clowney himself is the “rogue tweeter,” and that after going partially rogue he tried to cover it up by posing as a hacker.

25 responses to “Jets say someone hacked Clowney's Twitter account

  1. when grown ass men use the word “twitter” and “tweets” to describe a form of communication, it’s just a sad sad world, isn’t it?

  2. Why is it that Lord Florio can NEVER take what someone says at face value unless it is one of the players/teams that you like?
    Unless it is one of your fav teams/players, you are always trying to read between the lines looking for some conspiracy that is most likely not there!
    As for deleting the comments, if you take the time to notice, he has not been online since saying the comments were not him.
    Some people (obviously not you nor I) have better things to do than to sit a computer all day long!

  3. Twitter has a verified account program. If Pee-Wee Herman and Taylor Dayne (seriously) have one, I would imagine the NFL and any major league sport could request that every single one of their players could be verified and then this problem would never occur. Twitter like nice press releases.

  4. Since when does the word hacker mean “some dude who guessed a probably really, really insecure password?”

  5. The fact is that you can NEVER trust ANYTHING ever written on Twitter, Facebook, or any other internet website. The only thing that you can trust is something said that you can hear the words coming out of that person’s mouth. Anything else can be twisted, taken out of context, made up by a “hacker”, or in the case of Rush Limbaugh, simply made up by the heroes Jackson and Sharpton so they can make him out to be a racist.

  6. # AlanSaysYo says: November 24, 2009 8:51 AM
    Since when does the word hacker mean “some dude who guessed a probably really, really insecure password?”
    Since always,
    “Computer hacking is broadly defined as intentionally accesses a computer without authorization or exceeds authorized access.”

  7. Btw, creating a new account for someone who is not on Twitter and masquerading as them until shutdown by Twitter at the request of the real person or until the “media” and fans suss it out — all too common.
    Gaining control of a legitimate account through some social engineering of a login and password and maintaining control of the account until shutdown at the request of the original owner (because anyone who is capable of doing so is 99.9% of the time is going to immediately change the password on the owner) — not so common but it happens.
    Someone “hacking” your account by guessing your credentials (and lets add, this person actually choosing to target David Clowney of all people) and leaving the same password so that Clowney could reacquire control of the account an hour later — pretty damn unlikely.
    Likeliest story: Clowney stays logged in and anyone of his “friends” with access to his computer or phone was responsible for it.
    Twiz, and? Why wouldn’t his first action be to delete the tweets after “regaining” control of his own account? Again, most likely scenario is his coaches or the front office or his “friends” (someone who doesn’t know and use Twitter regularly) said, “Make one tweet shutting that down and then don’t touch that thing again. We have to wait now and see if our ‘hacker’ story is able to hold up for a couple of days.”

  8. This is the 2nd oldest defense in the information age playbook.
    The 1st oldest defense works as follows. Say you send an inappropriate email and instead of sending it to your work buddies, you send it to the entire company. You just say that you don’t know who sent it. You went to the bathroom and must have left your computer unlocked.

  9. Florio, you’re really no better than E!SPN. Just let the non-story die. Stop speculating that it was really Clowney. You make a fool out of yourself, and look at how you already have some of your less intelligent commenters reacting.

  10. In agreement with:
    Chris Fiorentino says:
    November 24, 2009 9:08 AM
    The fact is that you can NEVER trust ANYTHING ever written on Twitter, Facebook, or any other internet website. The only thing that you can trust is something said that you can hear the words coming out of that person’s mouth. Anything else can be twisted, taken out of context, made up by a “hacker”, or in the case of Rush Limbaugh, simply made up by the heroes Jackson and Sharpton so they can make him out to be a racist.
    It happens on PFT every day!

  11. Someone should tell Clowney that there’s a way to delete them.
    ———–
    Then you will just post the link to the deleted tweets.

  12. On a side note, the current NFL administration will be doing a Warren Commission-like investigation into the “rogue tweeter” and it just may turn out there was more than one tweeter involved in this conspiracy.
    Seriously though, I’m surprised there’s no insinuation here that Mangini stole Clowney’s password on his way out the door and is the one responsible for the rogue tweets…

  13. Athletes have to realize that for the period of tome that they are in the spotlight and making Millions of dollars that they have to “tone down” their life style. That means not being in bars, nightclubs, etc at 3 AM etc. The world is changing and just MAYBE they shouldn’t have Twitter accounts!!!

  14. On a different note, how is this guy not starting? All he does is make highlight film catches. I don’t get it, what am I missing?

  15. If Rex Ryan wasnt having a “girl Moment” and not crying his eyes out, he may have been a little more on top of this….Oh rex, I found your Binky Bear Teddy Bear….He said to smile, today is going to be a good day……..LMAO

  16. Twitter is for twits. Right alongside reality TV and Dan Brown books.
    MHSSLO: ====”Athletes have to realize that for the period of tome that they are in the spotlight and making Millions of dollars that they have to “tone down” their life style. That means not being in bars, nightclubs, etc at 3 AM etc.”======
    Uh…no. They can be out and party all they want.

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