Hackers Hit Tame Impala, Keith Richards, Bon Iver and Tenacious D's Twitter Accounts

Keith Richards photographed in 2013
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Keith Richards photographed at Electric Lady Studio in New York City on April 10, 2013.

Hackers hit a number of prominent musician's Twitter accounts over the weekend, claiming Tenacious D's Jack Black had died, posting a bomb threat on Tame Impala's account and a false cancer rumor on Bon Iver's feed. Keith Richards' account was also hacked.

At press time all the accounts had been restored, but the breaches caused plenty of confusion over the weekend. As reported by the NME, Tame Impala's account briefly featured an airline bomb threat posted to Jet Blue airlines' feed that read, "I HAVE 15 C4’S IN MY BAG AND 12 PIPEBOMBS IN MY BAG ALSO." Band leader Kevin Parker had not reacted to the hack at press time.

On Sunday, the administrator of Richard's account acknowledged that a series of "hateful tweets" about had been removed, and that other accounts had been compromised. The tweets reportedly included threats about "blowing up planes" and claims that "I love killing people and blowing shit up." 

 

Someone also changed Bon Iver's Twitter handle to "@ihavelegcancer" and posted a derogatory comment about the death of boxing great Muhammad Ali, who died on Friday.

Fans were also briefly distressed when a hacker took over Tenacious D's account and claimed that singer Jack Black had died. The duo took to their official feed on Sunday to decry the "sick 'prank.'" 

 

Last week, Katy Perry's Twitter account was hacked with a series of racist and inappropriate tweets; it too was quickly restored and at press time it was unclear if any, or all, of the attacks were connected.

 

 

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