E! News is the latest organization to get hacked. E! Online’s Twitter account was temporarily compromised, and millions of future Mrs. Biebers probably screamed in disappointment when they first read a tweet claiming that Justin Bieber is gay. According to a May 4 report by The Wrap, another message stated that the Biebs had been arrested in Dubai.
However, the tweets on the hacked E! News account were definitely suspicious. One of them read, “Breaking! Exclusive: Justin Bieber to E!online “‘I’m a gay.’” The use of the words “a gay” makes it look a bit like it was written by a teenager.
Bizarrely, another message on the hacked account seemed to suggest that the aforementioned tweet about Justin Bieber being gay was a fake. It read, “E! News Breaking: Justin Bieber arrested in Dubai due to false tweets with him coming out situation developing.” So it sounds like the hackers were trying to say that the Biebs got arrested in Dubai for saying that he’s gay. They also proceeded to give themselves away by revealing that the tweet about Justin coming out was a fake. It was a confusing, juvenile, and silly stunt.
If the hackers had just claimed that Justin got arrested, Beliebers might have found this a little more believable — he did recently make headlines for a bout of bad behavior. However, now that he’s back with Selena Gomez, it seems like he’s gotten his act together. He’s probably just glad that the hackers didn’t target his personal accounts since he might have sexting photos of Selena saved somewhere.
So who did the hacking? According to Mashable, the Syrian Electronic Army was happy to take credit for “trolling” Beliebers with the fake tweets. The group is definitely capable of causing mayhem on Twitter — they’re responsible for hacking the Associated Press last month and posting panic-inducing tweets about the White House being attacked. Those tweets actually had a negative effect on the stock market, so it’s odd that the Syrian Electronic Army traded causing real trouble for trying to spread gossip about a pop star.
This is what a rep from E! News told The Wrap about the hacking: “Eonline’s breaking news twitter and sms accounts were compromised today. We’re working to have this resolved as quickly as possible and are fully investigating the incident. We apologize for any confusion that the erroneous news alerts may have caused.”
At least the hackers didn’t start yet another rumor about Justin dying — those have popped up on Twitter so many times that Beliebers probably wouldn’t believe the news at first if Justin were to actually perish.