Recently, Sony Music Entertainment’s Twitter account experienced a data security breach. The hackers who managed to seize control over the account started posting fraudulent tweets about Britney Spears passing away.
As it turns out, Britney is alive and well, and Sony Music Entertainment has already deleted the fraudulent tweets, as well as having issued a clarification in addition to an apology to Britney Spears and her fans.
According to Adam Leber, her manager, similar claims have been made about her supposed death over the years, but never from Sony Music Entertainment’s official Twitter account.
At the same time, suspicion is being raised that Bob Dylan’s official account has also experienced a data security breach on Monday. The account posted a tweet saying “Rest in peace @britneyspears” at roughly the same time the fake tweets were posted from Sony Music Entertainment’s account.
Currently, the primary suspect is the hacker group OurMine. The group has hacked several other celebrity accounts in the past. Apart from that, one tweet that came from Dylan’s account included the OurMine hashtag. Their hacking efforts are being used as a way to promote their own security services aimed at preventing future attacks.
A similar thing happened in November 2014 when Sony sustained a massive cyberattack. The GOP hacker group compromised the data security of their systems, and got away with the personal data of their employees and stars.
Erroneous celebrity death reports have been reported on the internet for some years, often in hacked internet postings.