Technology giant companies and sports organizations are not the only ones battling with high-profile Twitter account hackings. An unknown intruder has compromised the account of well-known American streamer Ninja (aka Tyler Blevins) at mid-day on February 22nd, with the intention of using opportunity to rack up followers, start a beef with Fortnite star Tfue and complain when an account (possibly the perpetrator’s) was inevitably suspended.
The hijacker also tried to extort Ninja’s wife and business partner, Jessica Blevins, although this wasn’t the first time she’s dealing with a hacker, she said the intruder “lasted five minutes.”
Not surprisingly, Ninja wasn’t fazed either. Besides deleting the tweets, he posted a video (below) blasting an “irrelevant” person for grasping in vain for popularity. “Same script every time,” he said, suggesting this wasn’t a particularly sophisticated hijack.
And this wasn’t the first time Ninja’s account is getting tampered with. In July of last year, scammers compromised his Instagram account and pushed bogus giveaways. This makes it clear that he’s a high-profile target, though, and underscores how it’s still relatively easy to deface accounts even when their owners likely take security seriously. Until social media accounts are airtight, you can expect similar attacks for a long while.
Hackers on twitter be like…
Seriously same script every time. We back pic.twitter.com/i9TUT1IRBW
— Ninja (@Ninja) February 22, 2020