You could say that Britney Spears was used by the Russian government.
Hackers associated with the Russian government used Instagram to control malware used in attacks, according to a new report. And they did it via an Instagram comment on a Birtney Spears photo.
Hacking through Britney Spears
In order to hack foreign governments, military officials, and embassies, Russian hackers are now using Britney Spears. They’re doing so by posting cryptic comments on her Instagram photos. Hackers at Turla, a group believed to be linked to Moscow, are using Instagram comments on Britney Spears’ photos to control their hacking operation, said researchers at Slovakian security firm ESET in a report on Tuesday.
The supposed comment was posted in February on a photo Spears posted in January.
Despite the malware didn’t get a long of play, the effort seems to be a test for the cyber espionage group known as Turla, according to ESET. The malware works by click, once a user opens the malware link, the site asked the user to download a Firefox extension that seemed harmless enough but was actually a trojan. Once installed on the user’s computer, the Trojan relays the user’s activity back to Turla.
By dropping malware in a comment on the social platform, hackers were encouraging unwitting Instagram users to infect themselves.
Broadway in the talks
Last April, Birtney was honored with the Radio Disney Music Awards “Icon” Award in recognition a career and music that has been loved by many Disney generations. Spears received the first-ever Icon Award. Given to an artist whose career exemplifies pop culture and whose music resonates with generations of Radio Disney fans.
To celebrate the pop star, recording artists Kelsea Ballerini, Hailee Steinfeld and Sofia Carson performed a medley of some of Spears’ biggest hits. Including “Oops!…I Did It Again,” “Circus,” and “…Baby One More Time.” Jamie Lynn Spears then joined the trio and surprised fans and her sister during the performance.
Britney is currently doing her ‘Piece Of Me’ at Planet Hollywood. But the show is ending this December. It seems like the diva already has something going on and she’s following the footsteps of Elvis Presley, Carole King, Green Day and Michael Jackson,
Britney Spears’ greatest hits might soon make their way to Broadway. According to a Forbes report, as Spears wraps up her sold-out Las Vegas residency. Managers Larry Rudolph and Adam Leber have begun meetings with some Broadway veterans, to explore the idea of turning Spears’ songs into a theatrical production.