Miley Cyrus hacker “used multiple celebrity MySpace accounts for spamming”

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Miley Cyrus hacker "used multiple celebrity MySpace accounts for spamming"

The 19-year-old hacker who was raided last October for allegedly breaking into Miley Cyrus’s MySpace account and stealing candid photographs of the teenage singer, also hacking into the accounts of other stars according to the FBI.

According to an affidavit obtained by NewsChannel 5, Miley Cyrus was not the only victim of Tennessee teenager Josh Holly who used the online nickname “Trainreq”.

Wired magazine reports that music stars such as Rihanna, Chris Brown, Linkin Park and Fall Out Boy had their MySpace accounts compromised, with Holly spamming fans messages about where they could download ringtones for their favourite artists. Advertising affiliates are said to have paid Holly between $5 and $12 for every person who responded to the adverts.

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According to the documents, Holly received $110,000 from the scheme between November 2007 and July 2008, although he claims that half of the money went to an Israeli-based accomplice.

Meanwhile, Holly is still running his Trainreq website, seemingly courting attention from the media, where he is even running a poll asking people what punishment visitors think he should receive:

Trainreq's website


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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