For a blink-and-you-missed-it moment, Taylor Swift's inoffensive, oft- girl-gang filled Instagram and Twitter accounts were under someone else's much more offensive care this afternoon. Her accounts were hacked by ill-intentioned no-goodnik(s) more interested in gathering followers for themselves and posting lewd pictures than hosting cupcake baking parties and snuggling with tiny-eared cats.
According to The Verge, the high-tech hijackers appear to be part of a hacking group called the Lizzard Squad, which also claims to have been behind Monday's Facebook and Instagram black-out. In addition to tweeting out requests from Swift's accounts (which have more than 51 million followers) to follow specific accounts, the hackers also threatened to release stolen, nude photos of the pop star in return for Bitcoin payment. (The tweets were removed several minutes after being posted.)
But things got way more lewd over on Swift's Instagram feed, where at least three unauthorized posts were published: Two requesting followers for specific accounts, and another NSFW/NSFL photo showing a guy squatting over the toilet. Nice! (And no, that censor bar wasn't there in the original upload.)
Hacking is never nice—particularly when the victim is a parent-approved, role model-esque starlet like T.Swift—and there's no doubt that thousands of her fans viewed the offending messages and images.
But perhaps more disturbing, still, is how many of Swift's followers were willing to so blindly follow "her" instructions: In the few minutes the hacked posts were live, Instagram user/hacker @trash went from having 1,648 followers to more than 4.1k.
Swift eventually took to her Tumblr to address the upset, saying that "Twitter is deleting the hacker tweets and locking my account until they can figure out how this happened and get me new passwords. Never a dull moment," later adding, "This is going to be a long day."
Her hashtag of choice? #HACKERS GONNA HACK HACK HACK HACK HACK.
Sorry Lizzards, but this time we're calling it: Swifty-1, Hackers-0.
Cementing her status as the most thoughtful friend in the world, Swift—as in, the actual Taylor Swift—has posted a tweet thanking Paramore's Hayley Williams for alerting her to today's...situation:
"I'd like to acknowledge the MVP of the day, @yelyahwilliams, for being the first to text me about the hack this morning. #FriendshipGoals."
Wonder how many more followers Williams racked up after that shout-out?
UPDATE 2: BOOM! T. Swift strikes again. The singer tweeted the most perfect response to those hackers claiming to have nude pics of her.
Call it a sweet, Swift victory.
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