According to the Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) account of Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE), another celebrity had a fatality, this time it was a big one, Britney Spears. However, she had not passed on, leaving many disgruntled at the supposed lie launched by Sony.
However, it was made clear soon after the viral attack, that this information was incorrect. This was confirmed by a representative of Spears, who stated, “Britney is fine and well.”.
Following this confirmation that this tweet was a hoax, it is strongly believed that the Twitter account for Sony was hacked, as Sony Music would never leak information like this, without fact, according to those familiar with the matter.
What this meant for Sony and Twitter users globally
The confirmation that Sony’s Twitter account came soon after from the company itself. They explained that their social media account had been compromised, and went on to apologize to Spears for any drama it caused her.
It was discovered that the account was hacked, thanks to OurMine, which is a hacker group, who saved a vast level of trouble on behalf of Sony. The reason behind this is shortly after the tweets were posted allegedly “informing” twitter users globally, that the star Spears was dead, OurMine, tweeted on Sony’s feed that a new IP was responsible for sharing these tweets, and therefore they are untrue.
However, whether or not the group was trying to help. Through the quick response to the incorrect tweets, there are many who claim that the hacker group itself is responsible for feeding the tweets to Sony’s accounts.
This belief is not unfounded, OurMine is known for their recent account seizures on various large corporations, including the likes of Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX). According to the hacker group, these hacks were unrelated, and their main intention was to illustrate the importance of cyber security,
Was OurMine Responsible
When questioned on the matter, the leader of the hacker group stagnantly refused to admit that the group was responsible for the incorrect death statements. However, he did illustrate that the team hacked into the account prior to the fake news release, in order to determine whether or not the tweet held any merit.
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