John Harbaugh worried virtual draft could be hacked

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More than ever before, the NFL is going to be relying on new technology for the 2020 NFL Draft, with the coronavirus outbreak necessitating a “fully virtual” selection meeting.

And that worries Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

Via Jonas Shaffer of the Baltimore Sun, Harbaugh said he’s concerned about unauthorized entry into the Ravens’ videoconferencing during the April 23-25 event.

Yeah, big concern,” Harbaugh said during a Zoom conference call with reporters. “Every time I read something in, like, the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times that talks about how messed up Zoom is, or some of these other deals . . . I immediately text it to our IT people, and [director of football administration] Nick Matteo’s one of those guys, and they assure me that we are doing everything humanly possible. . . .

“We’ll see what happens. I really wouldn’t want the opposing coaches to have our playbook or our draft meetings. That would be preferable, if we can stay away from that.”

The suddenly ubiquitous telecommunications company has responded to security threats with a number of measures including password protection and waiting rooms. But Ravens General Manager Eric DeCosta joked that his concerns are of the old school variety.

“I’ve got more confidence in Zoom than I do [executive vice president] Ozzie [Newsome] and John and [owner] Steve [Bisciotti] and [team president] Dick [Cass] with a copy of our draft board that they just, like, leave in their car in the front seat or something like that,” he said.

Regardless, the IT departments of 32 NFL teams are more important than ever, and will be relied upon heavily to have secure systems (and redundancies) in place before teams begin choosing new players.

19 responses to “John Harbaugh worried virtual draft could be hacked

  1. Harbaugh’s a moron! If he has concerns, he should quietly bring it to the attention of the NFL and his club’s IT staff. Not blast it in public; giving a challenge to the other idiots out there who’d want to hack them!

  2. He has legitimate concerns. Anything connected to the Web can, and will, be hacked.

  3. I’m surprised he didn’t say he’s worried the Patriots will hack the draft.

  4. Of course he is. He probably also thinks that Belichick is hiring a couple dozen hackers to ensure the Patriots get who he wants. Give me a break with this. Harbaugh is never not whining or complaining or theorizing about conspiracies. Does he think the NFL is going to hear his whines and think, “oh gee, we never thought of that”

  5. Why would he need to expose this draft board to hacking as post of a digital draft. Makes no sense.

  6. We really didn’t take Jamarcus Russell, Darius Hayward Bey, or Gareon Conley in the first round. We were hacked.

    Sincerely,
    The Davis Family

  7. Oh god.

    Here is a Coach with a Blue Tooth guy standing on the sidelines all year, and once they get outed with the cheating, Lamar Jackson’s 11 Wonderlic gets exposed and we hear absolutely nothing from the Ravens or Goodell on why a guy is wearing non NFL technology on the sidelines, like nothing happened.

    Yet, this loudmouth can open his mouth now on this? Shut Up, YapBaugh.

  8. Leman Russ says:
    April 7, 2020 at 8:16 am
    In before patriot fans annoyingly crying about a bluetooth headset.

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    Why is Goodell allowing the Ravens, Jets, Colts, Chiefs to cheat “annoying”? What’s annoying is frauds like you openly saying Goodell should frame NE and then ignore cheating by other AFC teams.

    Goodell covering for teams caught cheating is still cheating. Look how many times Goodell turned his head with KC, whether it be Kareem Hunt or Tyreek’s HIll disgusting behaviors.

    All of a sudden Article 46 disappears when it comes to teams like yours. You;re a cheater, as is your head coach who sits on that Competition Committee for a reason.

  9. Unless I somehow woke up inside the Matrix the NFL will be doing the draft remotely.

  10. Using Zoom is the cheap way out, but that is Goodell.

    Use Cisco Webex or any of the other proven apps that have been around for a while and are very secure…which is why the top corporations use them.

  11. “Goodell covering for teams caught cheating is still cheating. Look how many times Goodell turned his head with KC, whether it be Kareem Hunt or Tyreek’s HIll disgusting behaviors.”

    While Hill’s and Hunt’s actions away from the NFL are disgusting, in what world is that “cheating”?

    Using PEDs is cheating. Videotaping practices is cheating. Beating a wife or child or girlfriend is criminal, but not cheating.

  12. The only actual crying and whining that happens when John Harbaugh answers a reporter’s question comes from bitter Patriots fans in comments sections. Sorry your QB snubbed you all, but I can’t say as I blame him given your propensity for whining and crying about something another coach said. Actually, Brady seemed pretty into that too, so I really don’t know what to say. Buck up guys. Being the new Cleveland won’t be so bad.

  13. Harbaugh’s a moron! If he has concerns, he should quietly bring it to the attention of the NFL and his club’s IT staff. Not blast it in public; giving a challenge to the other idiots out there who’d want to hack them!
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    Really dude???? These hackers that are salivating over the potential of hacking the draft were just waiting for Harbaugh to put the idea in their heads? Have you not seen what the latest security issues these platforms have. These platforms are easily hacked and can definitely be a big issue of the NFL. However, I am sure the NFL will not be using Zoom. There are other secure platforms that are encrypted and have multiple layers of security features.
    Harbaugh is a good coach and a good person. I don’t get the hate.

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