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Monday
May072012

"Avengers" Star Mark Ruffalo’s Twitter Account Hacked

Taylor Hill/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Avengers star Mark Ruffalo may seek to avenge the hacking of his Twitter account. 

The Hollywood Reporter says Ruffalo’s account was hacked on Sunday, and resulted in spam being sent to more than 155,000 followers.

The hacker changed Ruffalo’s username from @MRuff221 to @Mark_Ruffalo and posted a series of tweets promoting an ad platform for social media.  The hacker then added links to photos of Kate Upton and a YouTube video entitled “Funny Cats.” 

The hacker eventually signed off after writing, "Sleep now. I hope you resolve your passwords. Your account hacked because passwords set very stupid LOL =))."

Ruffalo appears to have responded with, “It’s kind of hilarious me getting hacked today. I got to hand it to the hacker. Kind of genius.”

The Hollywood Reporter says a fan later registered Ruffalo’s original account name, and was holding it until the actor regained control of it.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Oct172011

Sesame Street YouTube Channel Hacked with Porn

Neilson Barnard/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sesame Street’s YouTube channel was back up Monday after being shut down when hackers took over the site and replaced the videos with porn.

For about 20 minutes Sunday, visitors to the YouTube channel of the popular children’s show saw hardcore porn instead of Elmo and Big Bird.  The channel has nearly 150,000 subscribers, and usually hosts dozens of clips from the PBS program.

But Sunday, the hackers replaced the page’s banner to read, “SESAME STREET: I’TS [sic] WHERE PORN LIVES.” In the profile description, the hackers wrote: “WHO DOESN’T LOVE PORN KIDS? RIGHT! EVERYONE LOVES IT...PLEASE DON’T LET SESAME STREET TO GET THIS ACCOUNT BACK KIDS...WE GONNA MAKE ALL THE AMERICA HAPPY!”

The banner pinned the hacking on two YouTube users, MrEdxwx and MrSuicider91. MrSuicider91 has yet to comment; MrEdxwx posted a video on his own channel stating, “I did not hack Sesame Street. I am an honsest [sic] youtuber. I work hard to make quality gameplay videos and most important I respect the community guidelines.”

It’s unclear how the hacking happened, and no one has come forward to claim responsibility.

After the hacking, the channel was shut down by YouTube due to “repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines” which ban explicit material from the website.

Sesame Workshop, the organization behind Sesame Street, issued an apology after the hacking Sunday, and said in a statement on its YouTube channel: “We apologize for any inconvenience our audience may have experienced yesterday…our channel was temporarily compromised, but we have since restored our original line-up.”

A YouTube spokesperson told ABC News that “YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit graphic content. As always, we remove inappropriate material as soon as we are made aware of it.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Sep192011

Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake Release Statement on Leaked Photos

PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Last week, it was reported that pictures from Mila Kunis' cellphone were leaked online.  They included photos of her Friends with Benefits co-star Justin Timberlake, one of which showed him shirtless.

Their reps are now saying the actors did not exchange inappropriate photos with one another.

In a statement to People magazine, their reps say, "At no time did Mr. Timberlake and Ms. Kunis exchange inappropriate texts or emails....The insistence that there is any inappropriate correspondence between the two parties is entirely false."

The reps further deny that a leaked photo of Kunis in a bathtub, revealing only her head, came from her phone.  The reps say the picture was taken from "an inactive email account that has not existed in three years."

Kunis and Timberlake seem to have a sense of humor about the hacking incident.

Referring to Timberlake's Saturday Night Live sketch "D*** in a Box," the statement said, "Mr. Timberlake would like us to make it clear that while he might write songs about putting things in boxes, he never has and definitely doesn't make a habit of taking any photos of them and sending them."

The statement concludes, "Ms. Kunis would like us to add that while she is a fan of the song, she does not have nor has ever had photos of any male parts in her possession."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jul212011

Zach Braff Says He's Not Gay after Website Hacked

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Scrubs and Garden State star Zach Braff wants you to know that he isn't gay, but he's "not too straight" either.

The actor's old website was hacked on Wednesday and a message attributed to him was posted on it claiming he was gay.  The fake announcement said, "I am excited and proud that that I am an open member of the homosexual community."

Braff posted his own statement on his Facebook page, saying, "My old website got hacked.  Someone issued a 'coming out' statement on my behalf.  I'm still straight and in love with my girlfriend.  But not too straight; I still love musicals, brunch and Doogie Howser."

In addition, Braff's publicist told E! News that the site that got hacked had not been used by the actor since 2006.

Braff later posted a clip of him and former Scrubs co-star Donald Faison singing "Guy Love" from a past Scrubs episode, declaring, "This song is my official statement."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Mar182011

Female Celebrities Hacked; Some Had Nude Photos

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(WASHINGTON) -- FBI agents are reportedly closing in on a ring of hackers thought to be responsible for stealing nude photos and videos from at least 50 female celebrities.

According to TMZ.com, the ring broke into the accounts of stars' cell phones and other computerized devices to obtain the compromising photos and videos. Among the celebrities reportedly hacked: Jessica Alba, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Christina Aguilera, Vanessa Hudgens, Scarlett Johansson, Ali Larter, and Miley Cyrus.

TMZ reported that Hudgens met with FBI agents on Thursday to discuss the hacking of her Gmail account. The FBI declined ABC News’ requests for comment; representatives for Hudgens did not immediately respond.

Some blogs have connected the purported hacking ring to Josh Holly, whose Tennessee home was raided by the FBI in 2008 after they connected the then-19-year-old hacker to provocative photos of Cyrus. Before his personal computer was seized, Holly bragged about his celebrity hacking skills in online forums and on blogs. Holly was not charged in connection with the 2008 incident, but was arrested in January on unrelated charges involving hacked credit card numbers.

"A lot of the necessary information is not very difficult to obtain," said Beth Jones, a senior threat researcher at the Internet security company Sophos. "With Twitter or with celebrities' personal websites, you can figure out what their e-mail accounts are, especially Web-based e-mail accounts."

When it comes to phones, hackers don't need the device itself to break into its information bank.

"A lot of times, people don't change the PIN [personal identification number] on their phone, it's the default," Jones said. "It's the way of locking your phone down so no one can access it. But if the hacker has your cell phone number, they can go to the 'my account' function on your phone's website and try accessing your texts and information by putting in the default PIN."

Often, the star in question won't know their phone or email has been hacked until the formerly-private photos end up spread all over the Internet.

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