Pop songstress Britney Spears has tweeted a message to prove she is alive and well after rumours flooded social media that she had died. The 35 year old singer has now shared four images of herself pulling silly faces and making a gun symbol. She captioned it: “Don’t underestimate the power of Charlie’s,” adding an angel emoji.
It follows a hoax from hackers who hacked Sony Music’s Twitter account, saying: “RIP @britneyspears #RIPBritney 1981-2016.” It then added: “britney spears is dead by accident! We will tell you more soon #RIPBritney.”
However, a spokesperson for Sony said the tweets were the result of a hoax, and that they had now been removed, adding: “Britney Spears is alive and well.” It is thought that the hack was by OurMine Security, which has been behind a number of hacks this year. The tweet looked as if it had been made by someone for whom English is not their first language, because of the phrasing.
Sony confirmed that its account had been “compromised” and that the situation had been “rectified”. It also apologised to both Britney and her fans for the incident. Meanwhile, Britney’s manager Adam Leber said that she was “fine and well”.
The hackers also appeared to have gained access to Bob Dylan’s account, writing “Rest in Peace Britney Spears”. It follows other hackings by OurMine, which managed to gain access to the accounts of Google CEO Sundar Pichai as well as Mark Zuckerberg and Spotify founder Daniel Ek. They appeared to be deliberately targeting high profile tech figures.
Meanwhile Britney is expected to continue performing her gigs in Las Vegas next year. Critics have hailed the Planet Hollywood show as one of the best productions to arrive on the strip in years. It was also voted Best Show and Best Bachelorette Party last year in a Las Vegas poll.