Miley Cyrus and cybercriminals make strange bedfellows

Graham Cluley
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Miley Cyrus will be eighteen years old tomorrow.

I don’t know if her father, legendary “Achy Breaky Heart” singer Billy Ray Cyrus, will be joining in her birthday celebrations, but I imagine he’ll be quietly wiping away a tear as his daughter finally becomes officially an adult (at least as far as the age of consent in her home state of Tennessee is concerned).

The pop singer and Hannah Montana star has had her fair share of encounters with the world of cybercrime during her short life.

For instance, a couple of years ago, a hacker called “Trainreq” took advantage of the fact that Miley Cyrus was using the same password on multiple websites, and broke into her Gmail account, stealing candid photographs of her “posing provactively” in her underwear and swimsuit.

I found it astonishing that parts of the media felt comfortable reproducing the stolen photographs – did no-one at the…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity 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 analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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