This Monday on Sony’s official twitter account it was a post claiming that Britney Spears died and other posts that said: “RIP @britneyspears #RIPBritney 1981-2016,” and “Britney Spears is dead by accident! We will tell you more soon #RIPBritney.”
The same day on Bob Dylan’s account there was a post about this about the same time but was quickly deleted.
The manager of Britney Spears, Adam Leber, appeared quickly on CNN to dispel the rumor.
“I assume their account has been hacked,” he said to the news outlet. “I haven’t spoken to anyone… as of yet but I am certain their account was hacked. Britney is fine and well. There have been a few internet clowns over the years who have made similar claims about her death, but never from the official Sony Music Twitter account.”
Later the afternoon on Monday, Sony Music Entertainment confirmed that their account was “compromised”, but that it has been resolved and they gave issued a public apology to Britney Spears and her fans for any emotional distress.
The big media company is not at its first hacking incident in its history, as they were the victim of a cyber attack in 2014 by a hacking organization known as Guardians of Peace. That was a retaliation for what was an upcoming comedy film at the time, The Interview, with Seth Rogen and James Franco, who played two journalists hired to kill North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.