Taylor Swift has laughed off claims that hackers are planning to release nude photos of her, telling fans on Twitter that such photos do not exist and that the alleged hackers have “nothing.” Both the 24-year-old singer’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were briefly taken over last week by at least two hackers – one who went by the handle @lizzard and is believed to have ties to the hacking group Lizard Squad.
Posts from Taylor’s accounts were sent out to her 51.4 million followers, instructing them to follow the hackers’ profiles back and pay money in the form of virtual currency bitcoin for the photos.
Taylor’s accounts were suspended and after the problem was resolved and her passwords changed, the “Blank Space” singer resurfaced with a defiant message on Twitter.
“PS any hackers saying they have ‘nudes’? Psssh you’d love that wouldn’t you! Have fun photoshopping cause you got NOTHING,” Taylor announced on Twitter, gaining 86,000 retweets in the process.
Showing her sense of humour, the petite blonde also gave a nod to her recent tune “Shake It Off,” which features the line, “And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”
“Cause the hackers gonna hack, hack, hack, hack, hack…,” she wrote.
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
At the time, messages sent out by the hackers were removed, but not before they had appeared on Taylor’s accounts for a few minutes and were reposted and favourited by some fans.
She instead took to Tumblr to warn her fans of the problem, writing: “My Twitter got hacked but don’t worry, 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.”
Taylor, who is only one of four people with more than 50million followers on Twitter, also publicly thanked her friend Hayley Williams, from rock band Paramore, for the alert.
“I’d like to acknowledge the MVP of the day, @yelyahwilliams, for being the first to text me about the hack this morning. #FriendshipGoals,” she wrote.
Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and US President Barack Obama are the other famous names to have more than 50million followers on Twitter.