On the one year anniversary of Mariah Careyâ€™s New Yearâ€™s Rockinâ€™ Eve performance, the legendary singerâ€™s Twitter account has been hacked.
A user appearing to jokingly claim numerous identities and Twitter handles began tweeting from Careyâ€™s account at 3:23 p.m. PT, posting that â€œEminem can still hold this pâ€”yâ€¦.â€ Another tweet read that â€œEminem has a little penis.â€ The hacker also exhorted Careyâ€™s followers to follow specific handles to get follows back after they were â€œdone.â€
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More than 50 tweets have been posted to Careyâ€™s 21.4 million followers since the account was hacked, some using the n-word and referring to the Chuckling Squad, a hacker group that was responsible for the hacking of Twitter CEO Jack Dorseyâ€™s account, as well as other celebrities. At least one arrest was made in connection with the hacking of Dorseyâ€™s account.
According to Motherboard, Dorseyâ€™s hack was carried out using aÂ technique called SIM-swapping, where hackers trick a wireless provider like T-Mobile or Verizon into giving control of a phone number. Hackers can then gain access to two-factor authentication SMS codes post tweets via Twitterâ€™s now-defunct text-to-tweet functionality. Itâ€™s unknown if Careyâ€™s hacking was carried out the same way.
Several of the tweets included photos or videos of minors with shoutouts to Twitter handles in the caption.
The tweets appeared to have been deleted roughly 20 minutes after the hack began, with just a lone photo of a shirtless teenager holding an iPhone in front of his face and the caption â€œxbox nâ€”-sâ€ remaining.
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