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Sony Music, Bob Dylan Twitter Accounts Hacked, Tweet Fake Reports Of Britney Spears' Death

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Some Twitter users were holding their collective breaths on early Monday morning, when it was announced on Sony Global Music’s Twitter account that singer Britney Spears had passed, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

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Weirdly, Bob Dylan’s official Twitter account also tweeted at Spears, evoking his sadness with a grief-stricken emoji:

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Hoax? Right. Spears is alive and well. And Dylan has other, better things to do than read up on fake news on Twitter (not that we thought the Nobel laureate is managing his own Twitter account, anyway).

The culprit, it seems, is a hacker group that goes by the moniker "Our Mine." Both the Sony and Dylan accounts also tweeted to say they'd been hacked by Our Mine, but it's unclear if these tweets were official, or written by the group itself. A third tweet on the Dylan account also had the #OurMine hashtag.

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All the tweets have since been deleted.

As noted by Vulture, the group has been responsible for past hacks on the accounts of Marvel Comics, Channing Tatum, and even the grand maestro of the internet—Mark Zuckerberg. In one attack that truly crossed the line, the group went into the YouTube account of Markiplier (a.k.a Mark Fischbach), a popular internet personality, and tweeted (from Our Mine’s own Twitter account) information that supposedly reveals Fischbach’s earnings from 2015, reports Quartz.

Our Mine’s Twitter account was suspended after the attack on Zuckerberg’s account. There’s a blog site that’s supposedly owned by the group, but it has yet to announce anything with regards to the Sony hack. It’s unclear if Our Mine is comprised of multiple conspirers, or just a single individual.

The latest hack bears added weight for Sony, which was victim to an infamous hack back in 2014. That attack was possibly coordinated in North Korea, maybe as retaliation for James Franco and Seth Rogen's comedy flick that parodied Kim Jong-un (and showed him going up in literal flames). As a result of the hack, loads of data from Sony Pictures were dumped online for public viewing.

And in case there’s an inkling of doubt in your head about Spears’ welfare, CNN got in touch with her rep and reported that she’s definitely still kicking:

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