OurMine just combined hacking and debunking to dispel a fake Britney Spears death tweet

OurMine just combined hacking and debunking to dispel a fake Britney Spears death tweet. Image: Rob Grabowski/Invision/APBritney Spears performs at the B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash at the Allstate Arena on Dec 10, in Rosemont, Illinois. The performer's fake death was first announced via the somewhat obviously hacked account of Sony Music Global. Sony Music just got hacked and tweeted that Britney Spears has died. pic.twitter.com/k6rIg14Oa9 — Music News & Facts (@musicnews_facts) December 26, 2016 Simple enough to figure out for folks who have seen this sort of thing before, but this minor internet ripple took a left turn before all was resolved. The folks behind OurMine, a group known for hacking Twitter accounts as a means of advertisement, also noticed something funky about the Sony tweet. OurMine told Mashable via email that this is the first time they've dispelled a rumor with a hack, but added, "maybe we will keep doing that." This is not, however, the first time Sony has dealt with a hack. That hack, by a group that labeled themselves the "Guardians of Peace," was a sort of retaliation against a comedy about an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Maybe Sony will get their security patched up this time around.

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Britney Spears performs at the B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash at the Allstate Arena on Dec 10, in Rosemont, Illinois.
Britney Spears performs at the B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash at the Allstate Arena on Dec 10, in Rosemont, Illinois.

On Monday, Britney Spears joined the ranks of celebrities who have briefly died on the internet. But her fake death was unique, at least in the way it was shown to be untrue.

The performer’s fake death was first announced via the somewhat obviously hacked account of Sony Music Global.

A celebrity death announcement will cause a lot of double-takes, but these two tweets are hard to believe even on first glance.

Sony Music just got hacked and tweeted that Britney Spears has died. pic.twitter.com/k6rIg14Oa9

— Music News & Facts (@musicnews_facts) December 26, 2016

Simple enough to figure out for folks who have seen this sort of thing before, but this minor internet ripple took a left turn before all was resolved. The…

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