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Hackers Send Bomb Threats To Airline Using Tame Impala’s Twitter Account

Written by Tom Williams on June 6, 2016

Tame Impala‘s Twitter account has posted bomb threats directed at American airline JetBlue Airways, after being taken over by hackers early this morning.

As Pitchfork points out, the hackers who were in control of Tame Impala’s account initially tweeted to try to encourage people to follow other social media accounts, before tweeting bomb threats to JetBlue and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. The tweets have since been deleted, but you can catch them below:

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It’s not only Tame Impala who have seen their Twitter accounts hijacked over the last 24 hours, with Bon Iver, the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards and members of Twenty One Pilots, Bring Me The Horizon and Pierce The Veil also being affected.

Bon Iver’s account was reportedly renamed “@ihavelegcancer”, and went on to post racial slurs at English rapper Stormzy and insensitive comments about the late boxer Muhammad Ali. Those tweets have been deleted as well. Find screenshots below:

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Hackers who got into Richards’ account also posted bomb threats directed at JetBlue, but the account has now been returned to normal:

Twenty One Pilots’ Tyler Joseph, Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes and Pierce The Veil’s Jaime Preciado all say they’ve been the victim of hacks as well, but have now regained control over their accounts.

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Twitter’s latest spate of high-profile hackings also saw Tenacious D’s account leave fans freaking out after it claimed band member Jack Black had died at the age of 46. Black, of course, is still alive.

Twitter is yet to publicly comment on the hackings, but Music Feeds has contacted the company for comment as the hacking no doubt continues…

UPDATE 06/06/16: Twitter Australia has refused to comment on the hackings, “for privacy and security reasons”.

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