For a moment on Tuesday, Taylor Swift's social media feeds were not filled only with unicorns and rainbows.
The singer apparently was hacked by Lizard Squad, the group behind attacks on Sony's Playstation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live over Christmas (and claim to have played a part in Sony Pictures Entertainment's hacking). User @Lizzard, who claimed to be the group's leader, posted a string of tweets on his own feed that demanded Bitcoin payment in exchange for nude photos of Swift. His account was soon suspended.
For a few minutes during the hacking, Swift's Twitter feed directed her more than 51 million followers to go follow @Lizzard. The star's Instagram — followed by more than 20 million users — also temporarily displayed a strange photo.
Swift apparently learned of the attacks just after they happened and responded on Tumblr. In a post titled "Well, now I'm awake," she explained the situation to her Swifties.
"My Twitter got hacked but don't worry," she wrote. "Twitter is deleting the hacker tweets and locking my account until they can figure out how this happened and get me new passwords. Never a dull moment." She later added, "This is going to be a long day."
Later, she returned to Twitter as her usual sunny self.
Cause the hackers gonna hack, hack, hack, hack, hack...— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 27, 2015
PS any hackers saying they have 'nudes'? Psssh you'd love that wouldn't you! Have fun photoshopping cause you got NOTHING.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 27, 2015
And all was right with the world again, at least until the next hacking.