Rock band Garbage have had their Twitter hacked

Filed Under: Celebrities, Featured, Hacked, Twitter

A hacker has seized control of the rock band Garbage's official Twitter account, posting unauthorised messages to thousands of the group's fans.

Garbage's Twitter account. Click for a larger version

Once again, you can see clear evidence that just because an account is "verified" it shouldn't necessarily be trusted. After all, all it takes is for someone to be lazy with their password security for a malicious hacker to commandeer a popular account.

Garbage are far from the first musical act to have fallen foul of Twitter hackers. Past victims have included Axl Rose from Guns n' Roses, Lil' Wayne, Kian Egan from WestLife, and Britney Spears (a few times now).

A possible motive for the Garbage hack is revealed in one of the messages posted to the (currently still compromised) account:

Tweet from Garbage's account

All you people saying I'm dumb. I've made over 19 dollars by spamming links. I hack twitters and spam them great money.

My recommendation is that users don't click on any of the links being published on Garbage's Twitter account right now, as they could be designed to infect your computer or steal your identity.

Hopefully Twitter security or Garbage's lead singer Shirley Manson (whoever is tougher) will wrestle control of the account away from the hacker soon.

Hat-tip: Thanks to Naked Security reader @itf for tipping us off about the hack

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5 Responses to Rock band Garbage have had their Twitter hacked

  1. Lee · 1081 days ago

    A whole 19 dollars....sure in the big leagues now!!

  2. Jeremy · 1081 days ago

    Maybe they should empty their spam box. ('Scuse the pun)

  3. Tim · 1081 days ago

    "All you people saying I'm dumb. I've made over 19 dollars"
    "great money."

    I admit, I cracked up a little bit at that.

  4. @undefined · 1081 days ago

    I have to admit it's pretty funny that he tweeted links from the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" theme.

  5. Robert Gracie · 1081 days ago

    Great money from spamming... WHAT PLANET is this hacker on because he is gonna get caught and he/she is gonna get banned from twitter for this

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at, 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. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley