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Taylor Swift Faces Adversity from Triple J and Twitter Hackers

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Taylor Swift seems to be magnet for media interest at the moment. First her fans launched a massive online campaign to get her onto Australian radio station Triple J’s Hottest 100 playlist (something which she herself took no active role in) and someone has broken into her Twitter account, purporting to be the ‘leader’ of hacker group Lizard Squad


As far as the Triple J business goes, the station very openly and vehemently declared that Swift would be banned from the countdown less than an hour before it went live. "Even after all the tweets, the think-pieces, the hipster lulz, the corporate intervention and heavy gif usage, Shake it Off still didn't get nearly enough votes to be at the top of the Hottest 100," claimed Triple J. Allegedly, if the BuzzFeed-led campaign had even considered valid by Triple J, Shake It Off would have only reached the number 12 spot on the countdown

Meanwhile, Swifts Twitter account was targeted by a hacker yesterday, who posted a series of tweets through her account, including one that encouraged users to follow an account under the name ‘@Lizzard’. Said user claimed to be the leader of Lizard Squad, as well as other hacking groups such as Anonymous and LulzSec. I’m no hacking expert, but I’d say the likelihood of all three of those groups being headed by one individual, and an individual who thinks that hacking into Taylor Swift’s Twitter in order to claim to be her boyfriend is worthy use of his time is highly unlikely





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The Tweets were removed in a matter of minutes, but not before Lizard Squad nemesis Brian Krebs caught a screenshot of the shenanigans and posted it on his own account. This is the largest hacker infraction Twitter has weathered thus far, with Swift’s page being the 4th largest on the site, behind Barack Obama, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. In that order. Ascending order

Swift’s Instagram account was also targeted, leading Swift to use her Tumblr account to let her fans know what was going on. "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." She wrote, following it up with a hashtag reading “hackers gonna hack hack hack hack hack” in a reference to Shake It Off. Addressing the hacker claims that they had nude images to circulate, Swift said “Psssh you'd love that wouldn't you! Have fun photoshopping cause you got NOTHING."


Callum Davies

Callum is a film school graduate who is now making a name for himself as a journalist and content writer. His vices include flat whites and 90s hip-hop. Follow him @CallumAtSMF


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Taylor Swift Faces Adversity from Triple J and Twitter Hackers Reviewed by Callum Davies on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Rating: 5
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