Musicians on Twitter have seen a sudden series of Twitter hacks with many of our fave acts being targeted directly.
This past weekend (June 4th) has seen Tyler of Twenty One Pilots, Jaime Preciado of Pierce The Veil and Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon have their social media accounts get taken over by hackers, posting a series of weird and occassionally threatening messages that have since been deleted.
whoever hacked my twitter, meet me out side. my friend josh wants to poke you in the eyes with his fists. pic.twitter.com/uTK6WyEkf8— tyler jøseph (@tylerrjoseph) June 4, 2016
Finally got my account back! Sorry about that shit.— Oliver Sykes (@olobersyko) June 5, 2016
Hey sorry guys I got hacked by a dirty rat , please ignore all the crazy tweets!— JAIME (@ptvjaime) June 4, 2016
Keith Richards, Tame Impala and Bon Iver were also hacked along with Tenacious D leading to rumours that Jack Black had suddenly died.
WE had our Twitter account hacked. We can assure you that Jack is ALIVE and WELL and that this was a sick "prank".— Tenacious D (@RealTenaciousD) June 5, 2016
So, what the f*ck is happening here? Is there some music war we are unaware of? And why target acts that are from the "alternative" scene? Is this some fanboy going wild or just random spamming?
Twitter hacks are, of course, nothing new but this many musicians in one weekend? That's pretty unprecedented.
Tame Impala's hacked tweets were particularly sinister, seemingly suggesting some sort of terrorist attack was about to take place - all untrue of course but nonetheless disturbing.
Were these hacks all by the same individual? Or is this just a really weird coincidence? Either way the lesson is clear - make sure your password is secure as hell!