Justin Bieber's Twitter account - hacked!

Filed Under: Celebrities, Featured, Nude Celebrities, Social networks, Spam

Lend a little sympathy to pop star Justin Bieber today, after his Twitter account was hacked and an unauthorised message was sent to his 19 million fans.

Justin Bieber hacked on Twitter

19 million my ass. #biebermyballs

Fortunately the message was rapidly deleted, and it appears that the account was compromised more to spread embarrassing graffiti rather than with more malicious intention.

Just imagine how much worse things would have been if millions of Justin Bieber fans had seen a tweet from their hero offering, say, free concert tickets - and the link had really pointed to a website designed to strike their computers with malware.

Justin BieberThat's not to say that the hacker didn't do any serious damage at all, of course. According to reports whoever broke into Justin Bieber's Twitter account, also began to unfollow and block some of the folks that the Canadian singer follows.

If you're one of Justin Bieber's many fans, please learn something from your idol's misfortune. Always choose a strong, secure password for your Twitter account and make sure that you are not using it on any other websites, and never share it with anyone else.

Furthermore, be careful that you only log into your Twitter account from a computer that is properly protected with up-to-date anti-virus software and security patches - in other words, maybe you shouldn't trust that computer in a hotel lobby or your friend's PC. Keylogging spyware can grab your password without you knowing, and pass it onto malicious hackers.

And remember that just because a Twitter account is "verified", doesn't necessarily mean you can trust every message that is posted to it.

Celebrity Twitter accounts belonging to the likes of Miley Cyrus, Fox News, CNN's Rick Sanchez, Britney Spears and Barack Obama have been hacked in the past.

Image credit: JustinBieberOfficial.co.uk

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11 Responses to Justin Bieber's Twitter account - hacked!

  1. Rukshan · 753 days ago

    immagine JB didn't used another computer. sp how did they hack his account? I'm confused,

  2. Akshay · 753 days ago

    @rukshan the hacker guessed the password

  3. Mark · 753 days ago

    haha that's fantastic, i wanna buy whoever did that a beer :)

  4. Pat · 753 days ago

    even JB watches porn, garuntee thats how he got the keylogger

  5. Sirius · 753 days ago

    Is guessing a password really "hacking"? I really do think that the word implies something a bit more complicated than just being good at guessing!

  6. Ant · 753 days ago

    "That's not to same that the hacker didn't do any serious damage at all"

    Slight mistake in that sentence?

  7. Carl · 753 days ago

    If you have to say that Rick Sanchez is with CNN, then he is not a celebrity. If he were a celebrity, you could just say Rick Sanchez.

  8. Nugjus · 752 days ago

    I bet his password was selena lol

  9. John · 752 days ago

    Hey Graham, maybe you should also advise people to pick security answers that only they know, or to treat them as other passwords? People like the Scarlet Johansson hacked were able to hack the account of people because the answers to the security questions of the accounts in questions were based on publicly available info.

  10. Ronny · 752 days ago

    Easy hack on weak password for sure. Or worse a security question that You can find on internet, like "The last name of my mom", Them have to pick a question like that but answer something totally different like the name of the dog or whatever.

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Graham Cluley is an award-winning security blogger, and 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.