By Robyn Collins
George Harrison, Sonic Youth, Jack Black and Brett Eldredge are among the many celebrities whose Twitter accounts have recently been hacked. Last night, a hacker who goes by the handle J5Z took credit for the personal invasions and said he did so to teach the social media community a lesson.
The hacker says musicians and artists are easily hacked and they all need to change their passwords right away. “It’s famous musicians and artists at risk,” j5Z told The Daily Beast. “If you’re a celebrity, you should change your password immediately. Literally everyone should just create a new email, think of a new password, and do it for every account.”
At around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, J5Z posted the following on George Harrison’s Twitter account: “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, bud.”
Minutes later, @j5zlol tweeted on his own account, “Well s— I hacked someone and I didn’t even know they was dead.. my bad.” Then his account was suspended. A tweet from Harrison’s hacked account echoed the sentiment, saying, “SORRY” for not knowing about Harrison’s death and adding “IVE BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK. MY BAD PPL.”
Jack Black’s account, which is connected to his band Tenacious D, cleared up rumors after a hacker sent out a series of tweets implying the star had died.
“We had our Twitter account hacked. We can assure you that Jack is ALIVE and WELL and that this was a sick ‘prank,'” the band tweeted.
Sonic Youth’s Twitter account was hacked on Tuesday night (June 7) with the hacker attempting to fake out fans into thinking that the band were reuniting for a one-off show.
Katy Perry had an alleged song leaked when her Twitter account was hacked late last month. Drake was also hacked by someone trying to gain Snapchat followers. The Twitter accounts of Bon Iver, Keith Richards, Cody Simpson and Tame Impala were also hacked and Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg’s LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter accounts were invaded. Zuckerberg’s hackers left a hint writing “Hacked by OurMine Team on his Pinterest page.
Reports claim OurMine also tweeted—in a now deleted message—that Zuckerberg’s password was obtained from the LinkedIn data leak in 2012.
As fort j5Z, the hacker said he had nothing to do with the malicious posts on Tame Impala’s Twitter. The post read: “I HAVE 15 C4’S IN MY BAG AND 12 PIPEBOMBS IN MY BAG ALSO IM GOING TO BLOW UP ONE OF YOUR PLANES IN 30 MINUTES!! @JETBLUE.”
The hacker also denied responsibility for racist and disparaging remarks posted on Lana Del Rey’s account.
“At first I did this for fun, but I never wanted to do this to ruin people’s careers,” J5Z said. “I’m just doing it to prevent that from ever happening in case someone who knows how to do it comes along and possibly does some damage. I don’t want to be seen as a bad person, even though I’m most likely being seen like that already.”