Was Kim Kardashian Twitter hacked or suffering finger trouble?

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
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Kim KardashianOne of the great things about being British is that I have almost no idea who Kim Kardashian might be. It turns out that many Americans aren’t quite sure why she’s famous either.

In fact, I always thought the Kardashians were an alien race in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

However, according to the wonder of Wikipedia, I now know that Kim Kardashian is a model and reality TV star who rose to notoriety after she appeared in a sex tape. In fact, she’s so famous that she has over six million followers on Twitter.

Yesterday, Kim Kardashian posted a message on Twitter claiming that she had been hacked. Here’s what she tweeted to her many millions of followers:

Tweet from Kim Kardashian

Twitter please help me get my password back! How is it that I can tweet from my cell but my home computer says wrong password! #HACKED

Kim’s equally media-friendly sister Kourtney Kardashian also posted about the incident:

Certainly, if Kim Kardashian had had her Twitter account hacked she wouldn’t be the first celebrity to have had problems in that area.

Famous figures who have fallen victim to a Twitter hack in the past include Lil Wayne, Axl Rose, Britney Spears and plummy-voiced British TV property crumpet Kirsty Allsopp.

Even publications like the New York Times and humourous phenomenon ShitMyDadSays have fallen foul of hackers on Twitter.

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But was Kim Kardashian really hacked on Twitter as she claimed and thousands of her followers and celebrity chums retweeted?

It seems possible that she was mistaken. Her mobile phone still allowed her to post messages – including the one that claimed she had been hacked – even though she claimed she was unable to log in via Twitter.com.

Is it possible that Miss Kardashian’s long fingernails caused her a little trouble entering her password, or that she’d simply forgotten what her password was, rather than her Twitter account had been hacked?

A few hours later, Kim Kardashian tweeted that normal service had resumed for her on Twitter:

Kim Kardashian back on Twitter

My money is on user error rather than a genuine hack. After all, no abuse of her account appeared to occur – and the typical intruder would have found it impossible to resist posting a joke message or spammy link during the time when her account was allegedly “hacked”.

But if it was true that both her Twitter and email address were hacked, you would expect the contact details and email addresses of many celebrities to now be in the hands of hackers.

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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