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Hacker group OurMine reportedly hacked the official twitter accounts of Sony Music Global and musician Bob Dylan on Monday (12/26). Both accounts were used to spread fake news about the death of pop singer Britney Spears. (AP/Damian Dovarganes)
Hacker group OurMine reportedly hacked the official twitter accounts of Sony Music Global and musician Bob Dylan on Monday (12/26). Both accounts were used to spread fake news about the death of pop singer Britney Spears.
“Britney Spears is dead by accident!” tweeted Sony Music Global. “We will tell you more soon #RIPBritney.”
Meanwhile, Bob Dylan's Twitter account also posted, “Rest in peace @britneyspears” with the same emoticon as Sony Music Global’s tweet. Of course, the tweets raised a wide range of reactions from Twitter users.
Not long after that, Sony Music Global returned with a statement that Britney Spears was still alive, “We saw a new IP logged in to the account a few minutes ago and the tweet is posted by a new IP so @britneyspears is still alive #OurMine.”
Similarly, Bob Dylan also posted, “OurMine checked Britney Spears twitter account if it’s hacked or not and they detected that it’s hacked! @britneyspears is still alive!!”
Posts spreading the fake news of Britney Spears' death posted by Bob Dylan's official Twitter account after it was hacked. (The Verge via kompas.com/File)
All of the tweets about Britney Spears’ death on both Sony Music Global’s and Bob Dylan’s accounts, including their clarifications, have been removed.
Meanwhile, as quoted by The Hollywood Reporter, Britney's manager Adam Leber told CNN that the singer is "fine and well" and added, "There have been a few internet clowns over the years who have made similar claims about her death, but never from the official Sony Music Twitter account."
According to kompas.com, OurMine is a hacker group that often invades people’s social media accounts. This year, the group has crashed many accounts, including CEO Google Sundar Pichai’s Quora account and Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook account. They have also hacked the Buzzfeed website as well as the twitter accounts of Netflix and Marvel. (asw)