We know how easy it is to get into the heart of a company’s servers, but how easy is it to access sensitive information about your online account?
The NFL, in particular, has a long history of cybersecurity concerns, which has led to a slew of recent breaches, including a breach in 2016 that exposed more than 200 million records of players’ login information.
The latest breach, revealed last week, was so severe that the league announced that it had to temporarily suspend its password recovery program because it had failed to secure all of its data.
In a blog post Thursday, the league confirmed that the breach affected “approximately 730 million accounts, including those of former and current players.”
NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith called the breach “another reminder of the risks of allowing unauthorized access to the NFL’s network.”
The NFLPA says it is working with law enforcement and will notify affected players within 48 hours of the breach, but Smith said it is too soon to say how many players were affected.
The NFL said it was working with the NFL Players Association to assist affected players and owners in the immediate aftermath of the incident.