Pshhh, what nudes? Taylor Swift’s social media accounts were hijacked on Tuesday, Jan. 27, by so-called elite hackers who threatened to release nude photos of the pop superstar in exchange for bitcoins. Swift, however, retorted that there were no naked pics and told the offenders to “have fun” finding any.
The story began early Tuesday when several updates were tweeted from Swift’s accounts, instructing her 50 million-plus fans to follow two specific members of the Lizard Squad, @lizzard and @veriuser.
The Lizard Squad is a group of hackers who claimed they were behind North Korea’s Internet shutdown amidst the Sony leak scandal. Over the holidays, the same group apparently took down the entire PlayStation and Xbox Live gaming networks. They were also reportedly responsible for Monday evening’s temporary Facebook and Instagram issues.
Someone from Swift’s team promptly deleted the tweets, but the hackers claimed that they had access to nude photos of the 1989 hitmaker (via The Verge). The accounts @lizzard and @veruser were suspended by Twitter as of Tuesday afternoon.
Swift, 25, meanwhile, took to her Tumblr to address the hacking. “My twitter got hacked but don’t worry,” she wrote to fans. “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.”
After her account was unlocked, Swift responded to the intrusion with several lighthearted tweet.
The “Blank Space” singer also used her Tumblr on Tuesday to write a sweet message to a bullied fan named Caillou.
“I was really shocked to hear you say that you’d been bullied because of your name because the first thing I thought when I saw it was ‘woah, Caillou is such a cool name,'” she wrote. “Honestly. I thought it was so cool because it’s different, and herein lies our issue: you will always be criticized and teased and bullied for things that make you different, but usually those things will be what set you apart.”
She continued: “No one gets to have a place in your mind if they weren’t invited there by you. So please do me this one favor: Don’t let their ugly words into your beautiful mind.” Read what she wrote to her bullies on Tumblr.
Swift is currently in Hawaii on a trip with the Haim sisters.