Taylor Swift Hacked!? Hacker Tries to Sell Nudes to TMZ
Hacker, Veri is now claiming he has hundreds of private messages and nude photos of pop singer, Taylor Swift.Earlier this week, Taylor Swift's official Twitter and Instagram accounts were hacked and taken over by someone who is not Taylor Swift. According to reports she is back in control of her social media, but the hacker tells Gawker that he has obtained private DMs and nude photographs and he is trying to sell them to TMZ. From Gawker:
Yesterday afternoon, Veri (I don't know his real name, but you can follow him on Twitter) spoke to me via Kik, the instant messaging smartphone app, starting with link to a tweet and a question: "How exciting is this?"
By the time I clicked, the tweet was gone. Veriwhose previous online accomplishments include pretending to be an agent of the Islamic Stateclaims it was a naked selfie by Taylor Swift censored only with a black bar.
Veri claims to be in possession of "around six" of Taylor's naked selfies, stripped from a full backup of her iPhone that he downloaded from her iCloud.
Yesterday, Taylor Swift immediately denied that any such pictures exist:
PS any hackers saying they have 'nudes'? Psssh you'd love that wouldn't you! Have fun photoshopping cause you got NOTHING. Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 27, 2015It seems very hard to believe that Taylor Swift would leave her self open to any scandal. However, hacker Veri has backed up everyone of his claims including previewing private DMs. The hacker admitted that he had tried contacting Taylor Swift several times in the past to alert her of possible security flaws.
Veri claimed he was able to infiltrate this email account through an "AOL 0day"a hacker term for a software vulnerability completely unknown to the target. From there, he was easily able to reset Swift's Twitter, Instagram, and iCloud accountsif you have someone's email account, you've basically handed yourself a blank check. Veri said he wanted to help Swift before he hijacked her: "I tried contacting Taylor several times regarding her security and she didn't listen. I wish [she> cooperated with me, I could've helped her a lot."I highly doubt that TMZ will pay this hacker for the nude photos nor any other private information. TMZ has shied away from obtaining or publishing nude photos and sex tapes...But, you never know. What do you think?Discuss this story with fellow Project Casting fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @projectcasting. Image Credit: a katz / Shutterstock.com