If you're like most people, you probably don't think about the security of your online profiles too often. You know that you probably should change your password every few months, but... meh. Who has the time? Besides, nobody's actually going to try to get into your account, right? That only happens to other people. Like famous musicians.
Well, apparently being a musician doesn't necessarily entail giving a shit about your online security any more than you do. Over the last week and a half, the Twitter accounts of numerous musicians and celebrities have been hacked. It started on May 30 when someone logged into Katy Perry's account and began tweeting your standard, purposely offensive hacker-type material to her nearly 90 million followers.
This was only the beginning. Over the next 9 days, the Twitter accounts of tons of other famous musicians and celebrities would suffer the same fate. Some of the accounts include: Drake, Tame Impala, Bon Iver, Keith Richards, George Harrison, Mark Zuckerberg, Lana Del Rey, Tenacious D, and more.
Uh oh, looks like someone hacked Lana Del Rey's Twitter account. pic.twitter.com/YgHi7NrGr7
— virgil (@virgil9000) June 7, 2016
A lot of the hackers went into shameless self-promotion mode once they had access to their desired handles, using the opportunity to scoop up a few Twitter and Snapchat followers rather than doing anything that can't be reversed with a simple "sorry, I was hacked."
Speaking to The Daily Beast, however, someone claiming to be one of the anonymous hackers going by the name J5Z indicated that this might only be the beginning of a more serious security compromise. According to him, he's only trying to raise awareness of how easy it is to hack someone. Apparently its a very simple method.
"It’s famous musicians and artists at risk. If you’re a celebrity, you should change your password immediately,” J5Z said. “Literally everyone should just create a new email, think of a new password, and do it for every account.”
Twitter claims to be looking into it, but while they do musician accounts continue to be hijacked. Just last night Sonic Youth's account tweeted "news" of a surprise reunion show.
To help keep people safe and accounts protected, we've been checking our data against what's been shared from recent password leaks.
— Twitter Support (@Support) June 6, 2016
Mark Zuckerberg's hacker indicated that he got the login information from the LinkedIn data dump. That thing just refuses to die. Millions of passwords were leaked back in 2012, and four years later we're still feeling the repercussions. It probably doesn't help that Zuckerberg had an embarrassingly simple password. "Dadada," seriously?
So, it should be interesting to see how this whole thing plays out. Is it only a matter of time before someone's publicly diving into 9/11 conspiracy theories on our behalf? Is this the beginning of a Twitter Armageddon? Probably not. But maybe. But probably not. Right? Nahhh.
Seriously, though, change your password.