May 5, 2013


"Justin Bieber to E! Online: I’m a Gay"--E! Gets Hacked

Jim Dyson
Jim Dyson

It was the hack heard round the world—well, at least, by masses of heartbroken female Beliebers:

“Exclusive: Justin Bieber to E!online: I’m a gay.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, E! Online started tweeting sensational stories yesterday about stars ranging from the Biebs to Angelina Jolie.
The entertainment news site has 5.2 million followers, so retweets and facebook shares quickly made their rounds. This screen shot shows some of the calamity.

Perhaps realizing that "I'm a gay" is not exactly the most believable statement, the hackers added Biebs' on-again, off-again, on-again(?) GF to the casualty list with this:

"Exclusive: Selena Gomez tells E! she will fully supporting Justin in his coming out."

The group claiming responsibility for the hack call themselves the Syrian Electronic Army. The SEA is known for their outspoken support of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, The Wall Street Journal reported.
They have hacked twitter accounts for the AP, 60 Minutes, the BBC, NPR and Reuters—media outlets they view as sympathetic to Syrian rebels.

But let's look on the bright side. While the E! hack may have sank the hearts of thousands of Beliebers, at least (unlike last month's AP hacking) it didn't sink the stock market.