Celebrities : The Latest Targets of Online Terrorism

Celebrities : The Latest Targets of Online Terrorism

“School of Rock” star Jack Black was victim of a prank when a series of tweets were sent from his band account, Tenacious D, announcing his death. Apparentl the official Twitter account for his comedy rock band was apparently taken over by a hacker.



Social media went into a frenzy after the Tenacious D Twitter account posted: "I'm sad to officially announce the death of Jack Black at the age of 46, rest in peace brother." The actor was most recently seen on the big screen in 'Goosebumps' and 'Kung Fu Panda 3'.



Another followed: "It is with a heavy heart I am to announce that Jack Black passed away last night at 3:37am. The cause of death is yet unknown."



However Tenacious D Guitarist John Konesky soon dismissed the rumours, tweeting from his own account: "Twitter feed was hacked. Than s**t ain't true! They're working on fixing it!"



A few hours later, the hackers posted tweets revealing the death announcement had been fake. "Calm down guys! It's just a prank bro, look there's the camera...The Legend is still alive, it is ok guys."



Intriguingly this is the third time Black has been the victim of an online hoax -  he had fallen from a cliff in New Zealand in 2012, and again died after suffering a stroke in 2014. And the hacker has stated that the control of the account will not be handed back until the "Kung Fu Panda" star emails him.



There has been a spike of sorts recently in similar death hoaxes (all online). Recent celebrities who have had the misfortune to "pass away" include thespian Anthony Hopkins, Marvel Comics wizard Stan Lee, wrestler Mr.T etc. With hackers on the rise, this seems to be a new form of terrorism, albeit less harmful.
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