Darren Lehmann's Twitter Account Hijacked By Anti-Iran Hacker
"Vile" anti-Iran messages were posted to the Twitter account of cricket coach Darren Lehmann after his social media was hacked yesterday,
As Lehmann's Brisbane Heat was taking on the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League on Monday night, his Twitter account had been hijacked in a bizarre hacking.
Someone gained access to the account of the former Australian player and coach -- with more than 300,000 followers -- changing his display name to 'F**k Iran'.
The hacker continued sharing anti-Iran posts and making derogatory statements about Iranian major general Qasem Soleimani -- killed in a U.S. military strike last week.
The posts continued well into Monday evening, before Lehmann regained control of his account.
On Tuesday, the former Australian coach said he would be taking "a break" from social media after the incident.
"As you have probably noticed, last night while we were playing our BBL game, someone hacked my accounts and used it to spread some malicious and hurtful statements," he said on Twitter, once his original name and photo had been restored.
"The words and sentiments used were definitely ones that I do not endorse or promote."
Lehmann said the "vile and horrendous" opinions shared in his name had caused "great upset" to him and his family.
"I’ve decided to have a break from social media for the foreseeable future," he said.
"I appreciate your understanding and apologies to anyone who was unnecessary (sic) hurt or offended... by those hacked tweets and posts."
Lehmann said that despite becoming aware of the issue shortly after the game, it had taken Twitter until Tuesday morning to resolve the problem.
"Thanks to the staff at Brisbane Heat and Cricket Australia for helping us through this awful experience," he said.