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Hacked! How celebrity password fails exposed them

Last year saw some peculiar data breaches and password fails, and many of them involved our beloved celebrities. This got them hacked. NordPass has drawn up the ultimate list of the top five celebrity hacks and password fails of 2020.

1. Mariah Carey

The year was kicked off with Mariah Carey’s Twitter hack, which occurred on New Year’s Eve.

Hackers took over the singer’s account and posted over 50 racist and derogatory tweets. A particular series of tweets was targeted against the rapper Eminem, one of them saying that “Eminem has a little penis.” The hackers also exhorted Carey’s followers to follow specific handles to get follows back.

While it’s not exactly clear how the attack was carried out, it was done by the infamous hacker group called Chuckling Squad. They’re well known for hacking Twitter CEO’s Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account back in 2019.

2. Adam Sandler

Just a couple of days after Mariah’s hack, actor Adam Sandler’s Twitter was also hacked by the same group.

The hackers demonstrated the same tone of racist tweets, but this time with a little political twist, as he took his rage out on both the Democrats and the Republicans. Expressing his thoughts in very poor English, the hacker raged against Barack Obama and described him as an “arangatang monkey.” The hackers also tweeted “u ruined my life when u messed with the food stamp rates i hate u forever retart.”

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3. Elon Musk

2020 saw the largest Twitter hack to this day — a bunch of celebrities’ Twitter accounts were hacked. The hackers tweeted messages urging followers to send bitcoin to a specific address.

Entrepreneur Elon Musk was among the victims, together with Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and others.

Twitter immediately investigated the attack and said they uncovered an operation where hackers used social engineering methods to gain access to internal systems and tools.

4. Romain Grosjean

The famous Formula 1 driver may be fireproof but not hacker-proof — the celebrity announced that his Instagram account was hacked. While further details of the hack are unclear, the driver tweeted: “My Instagram account has been hacked. Hopefully, I can get it back very quickly. Sorry for that Hey @instagram can you help me?”

5. Donald Trump

Donal Trump had not one, but two enormous password fails in 2020. Firstly, various sources reported that Donald Trump once used the password “yourefired” — his famous catchphrase Read More…Hacked! How celebrity password fails exposed them  Hacked! How celebrity password fails exposed them  Hacked! How celebrity password fails exposed them  Hacked! How celebrity password fails exposed them