One Direction star Niall Horan has fallen victim to cyber-crooks who hacked into his brother's Twitter.com page and posted a series of fake messages about the singer.
Greg Horan appeared to be picking a fight with his famous sibling when two messages appeared on his profile slamming the star for failing to visit his 15-month-old nephew, Theo.
The messages read, "I wonder when Niall is calling too see theo I do wonder (sic)" and "sick of being hurt by loved ones really am".
The posts were deleted shortly afterwards, and Greg is adamant he is not responsible for the messages as his account had been hacked. In a post on the social networking site on Monday (27Oct14), he writes, "Guys I'm sorry for all but iv (sic) been hacked who ever it is please stop it now".
Taylor Swift is urging her pop peers to tighten up their online security to avoid falling victim to hackers and the "really dark side of humanity". The Love Story hitmaker watched with horror as dozens of famous women were exposed to the world in August (14) after cyber-crooks hacked into cloud storage devices belonging to 100 stars and stole private photographs, often including topless or naked images.
Swift has always been wary of putting too much trust in technology, and now she is warning other stars to be more careful to avoid a repeat of the celebrity hacking scandal.
She tells British newspaper The Sun, "There's a really dark side of humanity and a very dark corner of the Internet, and they know that the most value will be if they can take down someone who is really doing good things... What I think is interesting - and by interesting I mean really terrifying - is how much of our technology we don't understand. To me, if I don't quite understand how something works, I'm sceptical of it...
"All you can do is try your best to protect yourself. At a certain point you have to stop thinking about it because if I think about it too much I don't like the reality of the situation. There could be someone right now trying to hack into my email."
Thieves stole jewellery, computers and clothes in a raid on U.S. singer Nell Bryden's hotel room while she was performing onstage. The pregnant star was singing for fans in Sheffield, England during her current U.K. tour when crooks struck at a hotel where she was staying in the city.
Two men ransacked her room and stole laptop computers, gems, and stage costumes in the raid earlier this month (Oct14).
Bryden, whose baby is due next month (Nov14), has now filed a compensation claim for $16,000 (£10,000), claiming security procedures at the hotel were inadequate.
Rocker Iggy Pop had to mothball his priceless collection of Haitian art following a burglary at his home. The Lust for Life hitmaker was targeted by thieves when he was touring the world with his band The Stooges, but the crooks only stole his electronic goods.
The veteran star is convinced they were unaware of the value of his artwork, but he decided to move the precious collection out of his main residence in Miami, Florida to protect it.
He tells British magazine Seven, "I had a lot of top-drawer Haitian art in this house, until there was a really long Stooges tour... I never thought about locking the doors... Yeah, I was gone a long time. But they came in and took all the electronics but none of the valuables, 'cause they didn't know (the value)."
Model and actress Kelly Brook has broken her silence about the latest nude celebrity hacking scandal, almost a month after she became a victim of tech crooks who have leaked candid shots of stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton. As FBI agents continue with an investigation into the photo scandal, Brook has joined the likes of fellow victims Lawrence, Meagan Good and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in speaking out about the "sex crime".
In a tweet posted on Thursday (09Oct14), Brook writes, "My Lawyer is currently dealing with 18 Women who have all had their iCloud hacked. It is a Sex Crime and a complete invasion of Privacy.
"We will find this person and they will be prosecuted. Not having it. Some very young innocent women have been targeted it's so wrong."
Cyber criminals have been releasing the explicit snaps in waves since late August (14), when private pictures of stars were stolen from cloud storage accounts and posted online.
Scarlett Johansson, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Winona Ryder, Gabrielle Union and Vanessa Hudgens are also among the famous females who have also been targeted in recent weeks, and now former Doctor Who Matt Smith and Hulk Hogan's son Nick have become the first guys linked to the scandal.
Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard has been tapped to adapt author Timothy Hallinan's critically-acclaimed Junior Bender crime novels for TV. The writer's four-book series centres on the life of the title character, a high-end thief-turned-private detective for fellow crooks.
British pop star Jessie J is adamant she would laugh it off if she was caught up in the hacked photos scandal and has warned other female stars to make sure naked 'selfies' are classy to avoid embarrassment if they leak.
The Price Tag hitmaker has spoken out about the ongoing furore that has rocked Hollywood after around 100 female stars were targeted. Hackers accessed 'cloud' storage devices belonging to celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton to make copies of intimate photographs which were then leaked online. The crooks are adamant they have images of dozens more stars which have not yet been published, but singer Jessie insists she would not care if she had been targeted.
She tells British newspaper The Sun, "You've just got to make sure you take good ones. Long-distance relationships are hard. It's awful that it happens but I think if you send them, as a famous person you should be aware (they could be hacked)... If something came out of me I would probably laugh."
Downton Abbey star Laura Carmichael has blasted hackers who stole naked images of her former co-star Jessica Brown Findlay, insisting they have subjected her to a "horrendous" ordeal. Carmichael was shocked when it emerged last month (Aug14) that around 100 female stars had personal photographs stolen from online storage devices by cyber-crooks.
Findlay was among those targeted, with reports suggesting the hackers accessed naked video clips featuring the actress, and now Carmichael has spoken out to slam those responsible - and anyone viewing the images.
She tells Britain's Event magazine, "It's just awful. It's a crime. It makes me really sad that this is the world in which we live. Terrifying and upsetting. What's happened to my mate is horrendous... It is just plain stealing. I don't think there is any other way of looking at it. The fact people are interested is just sad. I don't understand why it is anything other than criminality and exploitative."
Thieves have targeted the set of Robert De Niro's new movie The Intern, stealing thousands of dollars worth of computers and cell phones. The crooks struck in Brooklyn, New York overnight on 2 September (14) and 17 items including iPads, MacBooks, and smartphones were taken, according to the New York Post.
The publication reports cops are hunting for the thieves, and the official owner of the stolen items is listed as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
Singer George Michael clears out the Internet search history on his personal computer every day as he is terrified of cyber-crooks and phone-hackers. The former Wham! star always makes sure he deletes the details of websites he has visited before logging off at night, and he is adamant the routine is essential for his security.
He tells Q magazine, "(I do it) every single day. With the people around me, and all this phone-hacking going on, we all have to be vigilant again."