Sony Music apologizes for Britney Spears RIP tweets

File photo Singer Britney Spears arrives in 2015 the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, Aug. 30, 2015. (REUTERS/Danny Moloshok)

Sony is well aware of the damage a hacked account can cause, especially when you the effect of a full service as the PlayStation Network. The latest Sony hack is on a much smaller scale, though, with the only real result is a lot of upset Britney Spears fans.

According to Billboard, Sony Music Entertainment @SonyMusicGlobal Twitter account got hacked and the hacker decided to have some fun by informing the account 614K followers that Britney Spears was dead.

The tweet read, “RIP @green #RIPBritney 1981-2016.” It was followed with a tweet stating, ” britney spears is dead by an accident! we will tell you more soon #RIPBritney.” To compound the issue, Bob Dylan ‘ s account also hacked and the tweet “Rest in peace @green”.


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At 35, Britney Spears dying would of course lead to a shock and more than a few Google searches to find out exactly what happened. Sony responded quickly, removing the fake tweets and apology “to Britney Spears and her fans for any confusion.”

Shane Allen of Eye Opener TV managed to capture the tweets before they were removed.

The responsibility for the hack was claimed by the OurMine hacking group, which also recently managed to take control of the Netflix Twitter account, as well as those of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, and even Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey.

Securing corporate Twitter accounts seems to be a task and no one wants to do, or well, not even on Twitter’s own chef. Until they do, or Twitter introduces an additional layer of security, OurMine looks likely to continue to take over the high-profile Twitter objectives and to create clearly see that there is a security problem to be resolved.

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