Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Kanye West's on-line accounts hacked to promote someone else's song

No matter who you are, or what status you have, you're not safe from on-line hackers and hijackers. One of the latest on-line accounts belonged to a famous person been hacked into is Kanye West's.

The ten-time Grammy award recipient said someone has taken over his Twitter, Gmail and MySpace accounts; according to Dan Goodin's from The Register report.

"Now somebody has been hacking into my MySpace and somebody's actually hacked into my personal Gmail account and has been emailing people from it," West wrote in a posting on his blog. "Hey world, I no longer have a Gmail!"

Then Erik Larkin at PC World received a forwarded email from his colleague that said to come from Kanye West himself, attached in the email was a MP3 file titled "Rough_1.mp3". Here's the message he received:

From: Kanye West <>
Date: Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 1:26 AM
Subject: Re: Me and Lilly
To: TBG <>

nooooo, only 2 days? make sure to contact me before the session we have to discuss "spaceship" i will upload them when i have time.

On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 1:16 AM, TBG <> wrote:

I need the ones from the show the night before. Yeah They Did a piece, Relay the message to Warren for the mail. Also the mixed version I need because I am meeting with John tomorrow, he is only in town for 2 days.

On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 1:11 AM, Kanye West <> wrote:

The rest of the pictures will be in your inbox for tomorrow. Congrats I read Your piece on MTV.COM

After a little Googling up the artist name and the song title, Erik found a MySpace profile of the artist. There's no need to tell (or even the urge to write down the artist name here) that this is just another 'marketing scam' to promote someone else's music, the hackers who is got to be linked somehow with this artist must be feeling lucky to be able to hack into such a famous rap star like Kanye West. Later, Erik got a follow-up message from the same address which reads:

Unaware as to how you may have receive one of my emails, thank you for respecting my messages. As for the rough version of the song, it is out there now, so you may use it for personal use or have it as a stream on your website please.
Thank you and wish everyone nothing but the best.

Side Note: People Stop sending me Spam, it is uncalled for.

For Kanye West, here's an advice that can be taken from these incidents (also for any of you out there): next time please use stronger & different passwords for each of your on-line accounts, and don't use anything that can be easily guessed by hackers such as your birthday date or your own name. ;-p

Another lesson we learnt from above messages is that even hacker doesn't like spam. ~LOL~

Stay safe, it's a wild-wild cruel world out there!

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