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Hacker plants shockers on Speedway’s Facebook page

Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Facebook page late Thursday with the message: “We have resolved the hacking situation ...We apologize for any inappropriate content that may have been shared. We'll now go back to our regularly scheduled Facebook posts about racing!”
Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Facebook page late Thursday with the message: “We have resolved the hacking situation ...We apologize for any inappropriate content that may have been shared. We'll now go back to our regularly scheduled Facebook posts about racing!” FACEBOOK

Someone hacked into Charlotte Motor Speedway’s social media pages Thursday, hijacking the track’s three Facebook pages and posting pictures of bikini-clad women with links to suggestive material.

“We got a few phone calls in the office,” said Speedway spokesman Scott Cooper. “A lot of the feedback was from concerned people who wanted to let us know in case we hadn’t noticed it – we certainly had noticed it.”

Cooper said the material did not include nudity or racial taunts, but it wasn’t the kind of thing fans expect from the speedway.

“People familiar with our family-friendly approach would be offended,” he said.

Cooper said the Facebook pages were taken over about 9:30 a.m. and it was 5:30 p.m. before the track’s technicians, working with Facebook, were able to re-gain control of the last page.

Whoever hacked into the accounts changed the passwords, thwarting efforts to remove the offending posts, Cooper said. He said the track did not know who was behind the attack.

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