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Someone Got Backstage At Mayweather-McGregor In London Thanks To Credentials Posted On Instagram

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Among the first things you get told when receiving press credentials is not to post pictures of them to social media. That’s because credentials are mostly identified by their color and the words/letters on them that let security know where you are and aren’t allowed access to, which makes them reasonably easy to forge if you know what you’re making.

Because all it takes is the right printing equipment and computer skills to make a fake credential, these rules are put in place with the threat of having your credential revoked and possibly being banned from future events to keep images off the internet. That message apparently didn’t filter down through everyone in Floyd Mayweather’s crew, because Mayweather’s driver posted pictures of promoter badges to Instagram ahead of the London press conference for the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor bout.

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That meant passes with full backstage access were online and able to be duplicated if anyone had the means. Zac Alsop decided to take advantage of that with some quick photoshopping and hit the McGregor-Mayweather tour stop with passes in hand and managed to get backstage and even walk out with McGregor while recording his whole experience.

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I’m sure neither fighter’s camp is very happy that this was able to happen. One has to wonder after this stunt if a message will be sent around about posting credentials and whether they’ll up security measures to ensure fake passes can’t be made to where anyone with photoshop skills could get as close to the fighters as Alsop did — barcodes on credentials to scan in have become more common at major events for this reason.

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