08 June 2017
The pop star Britney Spears became the latest celebrity to fall prey to death hoax after the Twitter account of Sony Music got hacked. The Twitter account in question posted a couple of tweets mentioning that Briteny Spears had died. Since tweets from the official account, they soon went viral. But both Spears and her manager Adam Leber later confirmed that she was absolutely fine with no harm whatsoever.
During the period of the hack, Sony Music first tweeted: “RIP @britneyspears #RIPBritney 1981-2016.” It also had a crying emoji and it was followed by a second tweet: “britney spears is dead by accident! We will tell you more soon #RIPBritney.” As you can see that both of these tweets are quite believable, especially if they come from an official account. But it does not stop here as it seems like even Bob Dylan's account was also compromised as it tweeted "Rest in peace @britneyspears" accompanied by the crying emoji.
While initially, various reports suggested that it was the hacking group OurMine behind these hacks and the hoax, the group later came out to debunk both reports and prove that it was indeed a hoax. The group took control of the Sony Music account and tweeted the following.
For uninitiated ones, OurMine is the same group which recently hacked Twitter accounts of Netflix, NFL, and Marvel. The group says that it hacks accounts to show security loopholes with no intention of doing any harm. Regarding the Britney Spears death hoax, the group told Mashable that it was the first time that they debunk a rumor using hacking. They also plan to keep doing so in the future.
Here's what Britney Spears tweeted to confirmed her well-being:
Don't underestimate the power of Charlie's 👼 pic.twitter.com/vy0PyEGoAj— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) December 26, 2016