Katy Perry’s Twitter account, which currently has the most followers on the social media site with 89 million, was hacked on Monday morning, Engadget reports.
It became apparent to the followers of the “Fireworks” singer that her account had been compromised when it tweeted, “haha follow @sw4ylol #hackersgonnahack.”
The hacker then posted a series of tweets that can only be described as bizarre and rude. At one time, the hacker tweeted via Katy’s Twitter account that she misses Taylor Swift.
“miss u baby @taylorswift13,” the hacker wrote.
Of course, this tweet, which had recently been deleted, created a frenzy in the social media site on account of the recent feud between Perry and Swift. Katy and Taylor had a falling out in September 2014 after the latter revealed that the song “Bad Blood” was inspired by her rivalry with another female singer.
“For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not,” Swift told Rolling Stone magazine in 2014. “She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?’”
The hacker also tweeted homophobic slurs at internet celebrity @keemstar.
The account seems to have been restored to normalcy as the tweets have recently been deleted. The identity of the hacker still remains a mystery, as no one has owned up to the hacking yet. Of course, the hacker’s first tweet makes the user @sw4ylol a potential candidate.
The user @sw4ylol is reportedly based in Romania and created the account only a few days ago. While it’s premature to say for sure that this particular user was the culprit behind the hacking of Katy Perry’s Twitter account, his (or her) tweets sure pointing to that possibility — even more so when you consider the fact that this same user made another tweet containing a link to Katy Perry’s new song called “Witness 1.3” via music streaming site SoundCloud.
This tweet was later removed. Before long, it was followed up by another tweet containing an email sent by SoundCloud saying that the track had been removed due to a copyright claim by Universal Music Group.
“We’ve received a report directly from Universal Music Group that your track ‘Witness 1.3’ contains ‘Witness 1.3’ by Katy Perry. As a result, the track has been removed from your profile for the time being.
“If you think we’ve made a mistake, you can tell us about it by following the link below and filing a dispute. You can file a dispute if you think the person who reported your track got it wrong – for example, because you are the copyright owner or have permission from the copyright owner (s) to post this track to SoundCloud.”
If there’s a silver lining to what happened to Katy’s Twitter account, it is this: Her upcoming track “Witness 1.3” is getting a lot of coverage at the moment. Of course, this generates the speculation that the hacking may have been deliberate on Katy’s part. After all, “leaks” are now a common practice among entertainment firms to generate publicity, using social media as a launching pad. The timing’s just about right too, as Perry announced just a few days ago that she’s embarking on a world tour in 2017.
Katy Perry is just one of many high-profile celebrities whose social media accounts have been hacked. Other notable stars who had their Twitter accounts compromised include Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift.
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