Hackers Spread Fake News of New Zealand Football CEO Andy Martin’s Resignation

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An article on the New Zealand Football websites claims that CEO Andy Martin is resigning effective immediately from the team. NZF later clarified that this was not true and are currently investigating the incident as a possible hack.

New Zeeland Football fans were left confused earlier this week when an article on the official website announced that its CEO was resigning. The country’s national football team, also referred to as the All Whites, has been headed for years by Andy Martin and there was no word on his possible resignation prior to this article. The article also claimed that the team was looking to fill the position immediately and that Martin was challenging his critics to do a better job than him. As it turns out, however, CEO Andy Martin is not resigning and the announcement appears to have been a fake.

Upon noticing the article, NZF quickly went public and stated that Andy Martin has not actually resigned from his position. Furthermore, the organization took to Twitter to announce that it is actively looking into the issue as this could have been a potential hacking attack on their website. New Zeeland Football went on to clarify that there is absolutely no truth to the report that surfaced on the internet on Friday but declined to give any further comments regarding the matter. At the time of this writing, there is no word on who NZF suspects to have been behind the hacking attack or what their motives could have been.

Andy Martin has been the CEO of New Zeeland Football since 2014 and has apparently gained quite a bit of notoriety during this time. Upon hearing about the fake announcement, a number of NZF fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment. The consensus seems to be that Andy Martin should have taken advantage of the incident and actually stepped back from his position as CEO. Needless to say, the article was later taken down and NZF hasn’t responded to Martin’s critics.

This news comes just a few days after another sports-related hacking incident took the internet by storm. A report from earlier this week indicated that a group of hackers was targeting organizations linked to the upcoming Winter Olympics. The event is scheduled to begin next month and has been a focal point for cyber attacks for some time now. The most recent incident involves a group of alleged Russian hackers known as Fancy Bear that leaked emails reportedly pertaining to a number of International Olympic Committee officials. The group also goes by the name Pawn Storm and has become more active after it was revealed last year that many Russian athletes and officials have been banned from participating in the Winter Olympics as a result of a major doping scandal.