Has rapper Ja Rule had his Twitter hacked?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Torso-baring rapper Ja Rule (real name Jeffrey Atkins) was handed a two year prison sentence yesterday after admitting to illegal gun possession.

The charges stem back to July 2007, when New York city police police stopped his luxury $250,000 Maybach sedan for speeding and found a semiautomatic .40-calibre pistol in the back seat. The Associated Press reports that Ja Rule is likely to serve 16 months in prison followed by 18 months’ probation, after he reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

What’s of most interest to us here on Naked Security, however, is that it appears a hacker has had control of Ja Rule’s Twitter account for several hours.

Over 36,000 followers of the rap star have been witnessing dozens of peculiar tweets coming from Ja Rule’s account – some mildly amusing, some offensive, and many utterly intelligible to member of the computer security industry who doesn’t follow the ins-and-outs of rap music:

i tried to do an album in auto tune and broke…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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