Rock band Garbage have had their Twitter hacked

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
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A hacker has seized control of the rock band Garbage’s official Twitter account, posting unauthorised messages to thousands of the group’s fans.

Garbage's Twitter account. Click for a larger version

Once again, you can see clear evidence that just because an account is “verified” it shouldn’t necessarily be trusted. After all, all it takes is for someone to be lazy with their password security for a malicious hacker to commandeer a popular account.

Garbage are far from the first musical act to have fallen foul of Twitter hackers. Past victims have included Axl Rose from Guns n’ Roses, Lil’ Wayne, Kian Egan from WestLife, and Britney Spears (a few times now).

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A possible motive for the Garbage hack is revealed in one of the messages posted to the (currently still compromised) account:

Tweet from Garbage's account

All you people saying I'm dumb. I've made over 19 dollars by spamming links. I hack twitters and spam them great money.

My recommendation is that users don’t click on any of the links being published on Garbage’s Twitter account right now, as they could be designed to infect your computer or steal your identity.

Hopefully Twitter security or Garbage’s lead singer Shirley Manson (whoever is tougher) will wrestle control of the account away from the hacker soon.

Hat-tip: Thanks to reader @itf for tipping us off about the hack

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.

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