The perpetrators who have done this deed are reportedly sending out a handful of tweets to the pop star’s over 51 million followers that were quickly deleted.
Taylor Swift is the owner of the fourth largest Twitter account, making this breach one of the biggest in Twitter’s history.
The damage, however, was minimal, with the offending tweets simply suggesting her fans follow the @lizzard account and a user named @veriuser, who claimed to be the leader of the responsible hacking group, Lizard Squad (the latter account has been suspended).
Similarly, an Instagram photo sent out to Taylor Swift’s over 20 million followers urged users to follow another user supposedly involved in the Twitter hack.
The hackers also claimed to have stolen nude photos of Taylor 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.
Taylor Swift has the fourth most popular account on Twitter. “Never a dull moment,” the singer wrote on her Tumblr, adding the hashtag #hackersgonnahackhackhackhackhack.
Twitter has come under fire over the past few years following a number of major account hacks, from the Associated Press to musicians like the Flaming Lips, No Doubt, Rise Against and Nicole Scherzinger.
In response to the attacks, Twitter recently bolstered their security by implementing a two-factor authentication process.
Taylor Swift is in a mess and all thanks to the fact that both her Twitter and Instagram accounts have been hacked. The perpetrators who have done ...3.0