Deadmau5 hacked by Anonymous? No, it’s a lame April Fool

Deadmau5 If you have millions of social networking fans, is it sensible to joke that you have been hacked?

That’s the question I’m pondering, after I heard that music producer and DJ Deadmau5 claimed yesterday that his Twitter and Facebook accounts had been hacked by Anonymous.

Sure enough, Deadmau5’s Facebook page had been defaced, with his picture altered to show the familiar “V for Vendetta” mask synonymous with the Anonymous collective.

Has Deadmau5's Facebook really been hacked?

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A message posted on the Canadian performer’s Facebook page (real name Joel Thomas Zimmerman, pronounced “dead mouse”) suggested he had fallen victim to a security issue that many internet users are guilty of – using the same password for multiple accounts.

Was he using the same password?

That seems plausible enough, after all many people are guilty of not just choosing dumb, easy-to-guess passwords but also *re-using* passwords.

If you use the same password in more than one place you are making life so much easier for hackers. Only one of your online services only needs to be compromised for your other accounts to fall victim.

Meanwhile, Deadmau5’s Twitter account was also altered, with a changed avatar and messages posted suggesting that it had been compromised.

At the same time, the account was changed to only follow the Anonymous Twitter account @YourAnonNews, which the Deadmau5 account began to retweet.

Has Deadmau5's Twitter account really been hacked?

However, it turned out that Deadmau5’s social networking accounts had not been hacked.

Funny? I’ll leave that for you to decide.

Wise? Almost certainly not. I will almost certainly be called a kill-joy, but when you have over 2.7 million followers on Twitter and almost nine million fans on Facebook I think you should also be responsible in what you post.

Users can often panic that they might have clicked on a dangerous link and tricked into visiting a malicious website when they discover that someone they follow online has been hacked. And when people panic, especially if they are not security-savvy, they can come to the wrong conclusions and make poor decisions.

It’s not the first time that Deadmau5 has run into trouble on Twitter, of course. In the middle of last year his girlfriend Kat Von D posted tweets accusing him of having an affair, and calling off their engagement.

Ouch.

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Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

One comment on “Deadmau5 hacked by Anonymous? No, it’s a lame April Fool”

  1. Joshua Bourne

    If I was Deadmau5 I would have a modded mouse head/helmet . I would have little fans in there to keep me cool, headphones built in for the DJing, a front and rear camera with a heads up display on the inside, and some kind of beverage dispenser.

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