David Beckham’s website was hacked and defaced on Sunday in an attack timed to coincide with the birth of his first daughter.
Instead of the usual content about football and his celebrity friends, visitors to Golden Balls’ website who showed up on Sunday were confronted with a picture of a dog attempting to eat a poster displaying an advert for dog food, alongside a message saying “ScooterDAshooter = FAIL”. The defacement of a celebrity’s website is sometimes used as a tool to distribute malware, but that was not the case here, where the hacker apparently carried out the attack just for the pure devilment of the prank.
Beckham undoubtedly outsources the management of his site. In any case he was otherwise occupied over the weekend with the birth of his first daughter, Harper Seven.
The attack follows other recent assaults on celebrity websites including those of Amy Winehouse and Ronaldinho, who was unkindly compared to Jar Jar Binks. An attack on Diego Maradona’s website by a Peruvian football fans labelled the football legend a “cry-baby”.
Although the day for Beckham was scared by the attack but good news followed in a statement on his Facebook page, former England football captain said: “I am so proud and excited to announce the birth of our daughter Harper Seven Beckham”. She weighed a healthy 7lbs 10oz and arrived at 7.55 this morning, here in LA. Victoria is doing really well and her brothers are delighted to have a baby sister xx Friends of the couple were quick to send their congratulations.
A delighted Mel B, who is expecting her third child later this year, expressed her excitement on Twitter, writing: “congrats!!! Yippee another spice baby is born, damn it wish it was me this AM cos I feel like I’m about to POP!”