By Hayden Wright
Four high-profile musicians and rock bands were targeted by Twitter hackers over the weekend. The handles for Keith Richards, Tame Impala, Bon Iver, and Tenacious D, were hijacked to display false, disturbing and obscene messages, which have since been deleted. The Tame Impala account sent out a bomb threat to JetBlue, while the Bon Iver handle was changed to @ihavelegcancer and publicly disparaged the late Muhammad Ali reported NME. Tenacious D’s Twitter announced that frontman Jack Black had died.
Three of the acts responded to the hack with some form of an explanation.
“Earlier today Keith’s Twitter account was hacked along with other verified accounts. The hateful tweets that were posted have been removed,” wrote Richards’ team. Tenacious D slammed the “prank” and assured fans that Black was alive and well.
WE had our Twitter account hacked. We can assure you that Jack is ALIVE and WELL and that this was a sick "prank".—
Tenacious D (@RealTenaciousD) June 05, 2016
Bon Iver (@boniver) June 05, 2016
Earlier today Keith’s Twitter account was hacked along with other verified accounts. The hateful tweets that were posted have been removed.—
Keith Richards (@officialKeef) June 05, 2016