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Spider-Man Star Tom Holland’s X Account Hacked | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker


In a rather astonishing turn of events, Tom Holland, who is better known for his role as Spider-Man in Marvel Movies, has now turned out to be the unfortunate victim of a social media hacking incident. 

On April 16, fans were baffled after they saw  Holland’s X(formerly Twitter) encounter, which hinted at a possible partnership with Binance, one of the world’s largest crypto exchanges.

The post that was later removed announced Holland as promoting a new digital currency called $SPIDER coin which presumably was associated with a Spider-Verse project. The post encouraged followers to sign up for early access to this new cryptocurrency and NFTs.

While the linking of Holland’s name with cryptocurrency was rather confusing given his less active social presence and his refusal to interact with these topics earlier, the post caused uncertainty about whether the X account had been compromised and that hackers could have stolen information.

Complementing all this, Holland’s bio was modified by adding a link to a site with fictitious partnership information that only seemed to expand the assumption that unauthorized access had taken place.

Adding more to the suspicion…

The cryptocurrency post did not end up being the only bizarre thing detected on Holland’s Twitter, some minutes later, another abnormal image popped up; a selfie of a person whose name was unknown. Its caption contained a reference to the Spider-Man movie directed by Sam Raimi in 2002 and starring Tobey Maguire.

The crypto endorsement and the secret selfie have both been subsequently deleted, raising questions regarding the security of the X account and hackers’ possible motives.

Though the actor himself has not released any statement about the hacking, the deletion of the above-given posts reflects the prompt action from the star or his team, which shows that the info-stealing was swiftly stopped.

Conclusion:

The whole facio is an indication of the risks associated with popular social media account holders and the fact that internet scammers target these celebrities and public personalities for their illicit gains. 

Just recently in January Ripple co-founder, Chris Larsen’s Ripple accounts were hacked leading to a $112 million loss. Cybercriminals take advantage of things like personalized messages and follower count as levers, which give false information to organize fraudulent schemes.

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