Popstar Katy Perry, who has some 89 million Twitter followers — notable for being the most followed account on Twitter – was hacked earlier today.
A series of tweets that were profane and littered with slurs were posted from Twitter’s most followed account with 89 million followers. Although the tweets were later deleted, presumably by Katy Perry or her team, screenshots circulated on the internet will serve as a reminder that even the most popularly-followed social media accounts can be hacked.
The tweets, which are both homophobic and racist were widely circulated by eagle-eyed users who caught the tweets before they were deleted.
It appears Katy Perry’s Twitter — with her more than 89 million followers — has been hacked… pic.twitter.com/VmTVKJYGqj
— Ryan Parker (@TheRyanParker) May 31, 2016
The instigator of the hack could be a Romanian twitter user with the handle @[email protected]
This particular account posted multiple screenshots of the emails that Twitter sends out by default to reset the password for one’s account. The screenshots referred to the hacked @katyperry account. Additionally, the account also posted a link to a song posted on Soundcloud, which has since been removed. The screenshot of a notification from Soundcloud has also been posted, noting that the song had been removed on copyright grounds.
Twitter said the following about the hacking incident in a statement released to news outlets.
“We do not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons,” a spokesperson for Twitter said.
The incident goes to show that whatever the platform’s security protocols, no Twitter account is completely safe when not safeguarded with a brute-force-resistant, hard-to-crack password. Even more-so, if the account belongs to a celebrity.
Millions of MySpace account credentials were being sold by a hacker on a darknet website for merely 6 bitcoins (approx. $2,800). LinkedIn, the business networking website that has several membership plans that charges users is presumably thought of as a website with reliable security measures. However, a hacker who gained access to the data dump of a LinkedIn server affected in a 2012 breach put up 117 million users’ data for sale on a dark web marketplace.
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