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7 Most High-Profile Social Media Hacks of All Time

By Principal Lawyer, Business Advisory (Intellectual Property & Media)

These seven high profile social media hacks show  breaches can happen to anyone or any business, no matter how high-profile you are (or aren’t).

While only a tiny proportion hit the headlines, one in five SMEs reveal they have suffered a hack within the last three years, according to our research.

The scale of the problem highlights how many firms are not following this Crucial Advice For SMEs on Social Media.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation where the social media accounts of your business or SMEs are hacked, then these prompt actions could be crucial in containing the damage: Hacked! What to do if Your Company Social Media is Compromised.

The below examples should be a salutary warning of the importance of cyber security and having robust processes in place.

Seven of the most high profile hacks:

  1. CNN

This American news broadcaster had several of their social media accounts compromised after their cyber-security was breached. The hacking group OurMine posted on their Facebook and Twitter feeds saying: “Hey, it’s OurMine we are just testing your security, please contact us for more information.” With a link to their website and an email address included.

  1. McDonald’s

The fast food giant claimed to have been hacked after their corporate Twitter account sent out a tweet criticising President Donald Trump. The post which was deleted after half an hour labelled Trump as a “disgusting excuse of a President”.

  1. Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2016 had both his Twitter and Pinterest accounts compromised by hackers. Despite these accounts being relatively dormant it must have been embarrassing for the most famous man in Social Media.

  1. StubHub

The world’s largest market for ticket exchanging, StubHub, had their Twitter account hacked by what many thought might have been a disgruntled employee. They had to remove an offensive tweet which included a swearword and described working there as a “stubsucking hell hole”.

  1. RadioShack

An Ohio electronics store, part of the RadioShack chain, became infamous when they posted rude, insulting messages about their customers to their Facebook page. The posts relating to the store’s upcoming closure are thought to have come from an upset employee who would be losing a job as a result.

  1. Katy Perry

As the most followed account on Twitter (89 million followers) this is arguably the biggest hack of all time. The hacker sent out a number of tweets from the popstar’s account before the hack was realised and the posts, which ranged from obscenities to single emojis, were deleted.

  1. HMV

HMV’s Twitter feed was hijacked by an employee with access to the company account, who live tweeted their sacking along with 60 other colleagues at the under-pressure retailer. It highlighted the importance of knowing who it is that has the passwords to your accounts.

Steve Kuncewicz is a business advisory lawyer with specific expertise in media and social media law.

You can call the specialist business legal services solicitors on freephone 0800 916 9052 or contact us online.

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