Katy Perry's Twitter account hacked
By Digital News Asia June 3, 2016
- Hacker probably based in Romania
- Singer has over 89 million followers
A hacker seems to have taken over Katy Perry's Twitter account, sending out a series of weird Tweets to the pop star's 89 million-plus followers.
Included in the Tweets was a message telling Taylor Swift that Perry missed her (the pair have a rough history) and a series of insults.
The culprit seems to be a Twitter user based in Romania by the name of @[email protected]. This account posted screenshots of the emails Twitter sends to reset the password for an account, linked to the Twitter handle @katyperry. The account also posted a link to a song on Soundcloud and a screenshot of a notification from Soundcloud declaring that the song had been removed for containing content owned by Katy Perry.
The Tweets from Perry's account have since been deleted, and the incident has not recurred - so far. Twitter is yet to comment on the issue. The hacked account signed off with a tweet telling users to “haha follow @sw4ylol #hackersgonnahack”, who appears to have claimed responsibility for the hack.
@sw4ylol, the alleged hacker’s account, which is still operational, also reportedly shared an unreleased track from Perry on SoundCloud and a screenshot of the singer’s email account.
The link to the SoundCloud file shared by a user named “slut” was removed from Twitter, along with several other tweets from the account.
The hack of Katy Perry's account comes less than two weeks after more than 177 million LinkedIn user passwords surfaced. This week, security researchers also discovered a major data breach involving MySpace, Tumblr, and dating website Fling that will bring the compromised accounts to more than 642 million.
The cluster involves breaches known to have happened to Fling in 2011, to LinkedIn in 2012, and to Tumblr 2013. It is still not clear when the MySpace hack took place, but it probably happened sometime after 2007 and before 2012.
Of the four recently discovered breaches, the one affecting the most number of people is the MySpace hack, which compromised 360 million accounts. While that is the biggest known breach to hit a single online service, password cracking experts are already dismissing the value of the compromised data. That is because Myspace engineers truncated passwords to 10 characters and converted all letters to lower-case.
Still, the MySpace dump, like the other recently unearthed breaches, is likely to create problems for any of the affected users who employed the same user ID and password on other sites.
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