A large number of celebrities on Twitter found their account’s being hacked over the past week, with hackers writing wildly offensive and outrageous tweets under their names.
“Bush did 911,” was posted on the Twitter account of pop star Lana Del Rey, who has 6.5 million followers on the social network. “All muslims are terrorists smh,” read another tweet posted under her name.
— Charlie Nash (@MrNashington) June 7, 2016
“I’d love to get deepthroated by a 30 inch black dildo rn ugh fuck” was tweeted by “Keeping up with the Kardashians” star Kylie Jenner‘s account. “Well my sex tape with Tyga was trash,” her hacker wrote in another.
The tweets garnered thousands of likes and retweets before being deleted shortly after.
Movie star and musician Jack Black’s “Tenacious D” band account tweeted that the star had died, announcing, “I’m sad to officially announce the death of Jack Black at the age of 46, rest in peace brother,” followed by the hashtag #RipJackBlack. The tweets tricked thousands of fans into thinking that Black had actually died, and many people soon joined in with the hashtag before the account made a statement explaining the hoax.
WE had our Twitter account hacked. We can assure you that Jack is ALIVE and WELL and that this was a sick "prank".
— Tenacious D (@RealTenaciousD) June 5, 2016
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards had his account description changed, listing him as an “ugly cancerous man” before posting a tweet asking fans to follow the hackers account. “If you dont follow me I’m going to blow up this airport,” his hacker wrote, tagging Malaysian Airlines in the post.
A hacked NFL account also tweeted that Roger Goodell had passed away, popular musicians Drake, Katy Perry, and Bon Iver‘s accounts all had posts asking their fans to follow the hacker’s account, and several tweets were made to controversial YouTube drama icon KeemStar.
“Fuck my ass daddy @KEEMSTAR” tweeted the hackers from Australian singer Cody Simpson‘s account, which has 7.76 million followers. “u a fag @keemstar” was posted by Katy Perry’s account.
Something tells me Cody Simpson has been hacked pic.twitter.com/zZuhuOycfd
— Paige (@paigen13) June 4, 2016
PRO TIP: After you hack Katy Perry's account, be sure to waste the opportunity and speak absolute gibberish pic.twitter.com/qR9s97S3bz
— JonOnAString (@JonOnAString) May 31, 2016
Late musician and ex-Beatle George Harrison also wasn’t safe, despite passing away in 2001. “Hey George, follow @j5zlol when you see this and shoot me a DM. I’ll help you secure your accounts :) I don’t want to cause you any harm, thanks bud,” posted the hacker in Harrison’s bio without realising he was dead. “Well shit I hacked someone and I didn’t even know they was dead.. my bad,” the hacker said after finding out.
Ex-Jackass star Ryan Dunn, who passed away in 2011, had his account hacked to tweet, “Just met Tupac, real nice guy.” The account hadn’t made any posts since Dunn’s tragic death five years ago.
Just met Tupac, real nice guy.
— Ryan Dunn (@ryandunntv) June 5, 2016
Even Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg had his account compromised, revealing that his password was simply “dadada” on all of his social media accounts, failing to change it within the last four years.
The hack caused a large amount of sensation on Twitter, with the compromised tweets to go viral before their swift deletion, but the incident opened the eyes of everyone spectating as to how easy it could be for a malicious individual to take over a world A-lister’s account, let alone your average Joe.
All of the known hackers involved have been suspended by Twitter.