Was Kim Kardashian Twitter hacked or suffering finger trouble?

Filed Under: Social networks, Spam, Twitter

Kim KardashianOne of the great things about being British is that I have almost no idea who Kim Kardashian might be. It turns out that many Americans aren't quite sure why she's famous either.

In fact, I always thought the Kardashians were an alien race in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

However, according to the wonder of Wikipedia, I now know that Kim Kardashian is a model and reality TV star who rose to notoriety after she appeared in a sex tape. In fact, she's so famous that she has over six million followers on Twitter.

Yesterday, Kim Kardashian posted a message on Twitter claiming that she had been hacked. Here's what she tweeted to her many millions of followers:

Tweet from Kim Kardashian

Twitter please help me get my password back! How is it that I can tweet from my cell but my home computer says wrong password! #HACKED

Kim's equally media-friendly sister Kourtney Kardashian also posted about the incident:

Certainly, if Kim Kardashian had had her Twitter account hacked she wouldn't be the first celebrity to have had problems in that area.

Famous figures who have fallen victim to a Twitter hack in the past include Lil Wayne, Axl Rose, Britney Spears and plummy-voiced British TV property crumpet Kirsty Allsopp.

Even publications like the New York Times and humourous phenomenon ShitMyDadSays have fallen foul of hackers on Twitter.

But was Kim Kardashian really hacked on Twitter as she claimed and thousands of her followers and celebrity chums retweeted?

It seems possible that she was mistaken. Her mobile phone still allowed her to post messages - including the one that claimed she had been hacked - even though she claimed she was unable to log in via Twitter.com.

Is it possible that Miss Kardashian's long fingernails caused her a little trouble entering her password, or that she'd simply forgotten what her password was, rather than her Twitter account had been hacked?

A few hours later, Kim Kardashian tweeted that normal service had resumed for her on Twitter:

Kim Kardashian back on Twitter

My money is on user error rather than a genuine hack. After all, no abuse of her account appeared to occur - and the typical intruder would have found it impossible to resist posting a joke message or spammy link during the time when her account was allegedly "hacked".

But if it was true that both her Twitter and email address were hacked, you would expect the contact details and email addresses of many celebrities to now be in the hands of hackers.

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5 Responses to Was Kim Kardashian Twitter hacked or suffering finger trouble?

  1. James · 1345 days ago

    Trouble is Graham - this could also be a cry for attention from someone who isn't famous. Do you think that you are making her more famous by writing about her? Frankly I think the trouble with these "celeb" accounts is they have a PA or a management team writing all the crap for them. As many of them want access to the same account they create easy passwords.

    Keep up the great work!

  2. Ryan McSeveney · 1345 days ago

    I would honestly go one further and say it was her looking for MORE publicity, seeing as other Twitter hacks have been pretty highly publicised, and she seems like the sort of person who would do anything for some publicity

  3. spookie · 1345 days ago

    No way her password was cracked if she could post from her mobile but no log in to twitter.com. Also, no possible way Twitter put it right by simply restoring her old password so she was "back to normal." At best Twitter would send a password reset link. They would never simply restore the old password. She either mistyped her password or forgot it.

    The tech illiterate always attribute every tech glitch they run across to "hackers," when 99% if the errors they run into are PEBKAC errors.

  4. I wouldn't be surprised if she'd just ticked the box that says "save this password" at some point in her home web browser and then when she changed her password the old one became invalid. Certainly it's something I see a fair amount at my workplace.

  5. What : "plummy-voiced British TV property crumpet Kirsty Allsopp" ?? Don't mess with Kirsty, she's my hero !

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Send Graham an email, subscribe to his updates on Facebook, follow him on Twitter and App.net, and circle him on Google Plus for regular updates.