In yet another hacking related to high-profile celebrities, hackers posted hoax tweets about Britney Spears using the official Sony Music Entertainment handle. The hackers posted tweets announcing the death of the popular American singer leading to panic amongst her fans. The original account holders were quick to delete those tweets and issued a clarification. Also Read - Beware! Chinese hackers targeting State Bank of India (SBI) users with phishing scams, moreAlso Read - Almost 60 percent of internet users in India fell prey to hacking in the last 1 year: Report
On Monday, tweets flowing from the official Sony Music Entertainment handle read, RIP @britneyspears #RIPBritney 1981-2016 and Britney Spears is dead by accident! We will tell you more soon #RIPBritney. However, later the music label issued an apology saying its Twitter account was compromised. Sony Music apologises to Britney Spears and her fans for any confusion, the company later tweeted. Also Read - Beware! SHAREit app can be used to hack your phone, delete it now
Meanwhile, Spears manager, Adam Leber said that the singer was fine and well. There have been a few internet clowns over the years who have made similar claims about her death, Leber said, but never from the official Sony Music Twitter account.” ALSO READ: Any Visa credit or debit card can be hacked in just 6 seconds: Research
Additionally, the official account of Bob Dylan had been compromised on Monday. Rest in peace @britneyspears, the tweet read. The tweets flowing from the handle also talked about the death of Spears and were being posted about the same time as the hoax tweets from the official Sony Music Entertainment.
To assure fans that she is alive and in good health, Spears later posted a picture of herself on Twitter in Charlie s Angel pose with the caption, Don t underestimate the power of Charlie s .
Don’t underestimate the power of Charlie’s pic.twitter.com/vy0PyEGoAj
Britney Spears (@britneyspears) December 26, 2016
Although no hacking group has come forth to claim responsibility, but hacker group OurMine is suspected to be the one which debunked the hack. Though, OurMine has rejected the notion, saying the official Sony Music Entertainment account had been compromised by someone else and had posted tweets about Spears’ death.
However, in the past, OneMine has hacked accounts of other high-profile celebrities including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Netflix, Marvel and Variety magazine. The group later posts tweets offering its own security services to help account holders prevent future attacks. ALSO READ: Hackers group Legion now threatens to release data from Sansad email service
It isn t the first time that Sony s account had been compromised upon. In 2014, hacking group that goes by the name GOP had hacked into Sony s computer system and gained access to personal data about its employees as well as celebrities it managed. The group demanded the cancellation of all shows of The Interview a satirical movie on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.