Taylor Swift’s social media accounts were hijacked on Tuesday, Jan. 27, by so-called elite hackers who threatened to release nude photos of the pop superstar in exchange for bitcoins. Swift, however, retorted that there were no naked pics and told the offenders to “have fun” finding any.
The story began early Tuesday when several updates were tweeted from Swift’s accounts, instructing her 50 million-plus fans to follow two specific members of the Lizard Squad, @lizard and @veriuser.
The Lizard Squad is a group of hackers who claimed they were behind North Korea’s Internet shutdown amidst the Sony leak scandal. Over the holidays, the same group apparently took down the entire PlayStation and Xbox Live gaming networks. They were also reportedly responsible for Monday evening’s temporary Facebook and Instagram issues.
Someone from Swift’s team promptly deleted the tweets, but the hackers claimed that they had access to nude photos of the 1989 hitmaker (via The Verge). The accounts @lizard and @veruser were suspended by Twitter as of Tuesday afternoon.
Swift, 25, meanwhile, took to her Tumblr to address the hacking. “My twitter got hacked but don’t worry,” she wrote to fans. “Twitter is deleting the hacker tweets and locking my account until they can figure out how this happened and get me new passwords. Never a dull moment.”