The phenomenal Taylor Swift’s Twitter and Instagram accounts broke off yesterday afternoon!
Geez! Such a ‘dull moment’ for the singer!
Taylor Swift’s Twitter account was broken into yesterday afternoon, with her profile tweeting out to over 51 million fans that they should follow someone who claims to be the “leader” of Lizard Squad — the hacking group that’s ostensibly behind this attack. Swift has the fourth largest account on Twitter, making this one of the higher-profile breaches that has occurred on the network. Tweets sent by the hacker were deleted within about 15 minutes, as Swift or Twitter itself seemingly recovered the account.
Swift’s Instagram account was broken into shortly thereafter, with the account posting a photo imploring her fans to follow someone associated with the Twitter hack. She has over 20 million followers on Instagram. That account also appeared to be recovered after a few minutes, deleting the offending photo.
The hackers also claimed to have stolen nude photos of Swift, which they would release for a small payment in Bitcoin. While the hackers may well be bluffing in order to quickly profit off of a social media break in, it became clear over the summer that the private photo thefts are a serious threat. Services like iCloud can automatically back up all of the photos on someone’s phone, and that means an intruder can easily grab all of those. After dozens of celebrities had private photos stolen and then published online last year, Apple introduced new security measures, but it isn’t clear how effective those will be to prevent future attacks.
While Taylor has more followers than those who were hacked in the past, the intrusion on her social media accounts seemingly did far less damage: the Associated Press’ Twitter account was broken into back in 2013, leading to a tweet about explosions in the White House that moved markets, despite being quickly proven false.
Update: It appears Swift has reclaimed her Twitter account, thanking Paramore’s Hayley Williams for being the first to text me about the hack this morning” — but not before this all-star quip:
Taylor Swift has addressed the hacks on her Twitter and Instagram accounts in 2 posts on Tumblr, assuring fans,
Twitter is deleting the hacker tweets and locking my account until they can figure out how this happened and get me new passwords. Never a dull moment.”
The pop star did her best to make light of the situation, tagging her post with the “Shake It Off”-referencing hashtag:
Now, she’s surely going to write your names hackers!
credits to verge