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by Carrie-Ann Skinner, PC Advisor (UK)

Miley Cyrus Hit By Twitter Hack

Feb 18, 20092 mins
Application SecurityCybercrimeData and Information Security

Hannah Montana's Miley Cyrus is the latest celebrity to have her account with Twitter's micro-blogging service compromised

Following the news that hackers took control of Twitter accounts belonging to a number of celebrities including Barack Obama and Britney Spears (See:Hackers Hijack Obama’s, Britney’s Twitter Accounts), security firm Sophos has revealed that Miley Cyrus is the latest celebrity to have her account with the micro-blogging service compromised.

Cyrus, who stars in the Disney Channel show ‘Hannah Montana’ and is the daughter of country-music legend Billy Ray Cyrus, found hackers had left poorly-spelt offensive messages on her Twitter page, after accessing her account details. The micro-blogging service has since shut down the page.

“This is just the latest hacking incident to happen on Twitter and chances are it’s not going to be the last,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

“Cybercriminals are only ever one step behind the latest computer craze and as tweeting has been growing in popularity, the hackers have been quick to realise the potential in hacking these accounts.”(See: 3 Ways Twitter Security Falls Short.)

“It appears that Miley didn’t learn the lesson last year and hasn’t been taking enough care over her password security,” Cluely added in reference to an incident last year when hackers broke into her email account and stole photographs of the star, which were later posted on the web.