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Hackers attack Katy Perry's Twitter account — the biggest in the world

The Twitter user linked by reports to the hack also posted a link to what they claimed was a leaked new song

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 31 May, 2016, 6:53pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 June, 2016, 1:05pm

Katy Perry's 89 million Twitter followers likely woke up to a shock this morning following a series of profanity-filled Tweets posted to the social media site after a hacker took control of her account.

The "Firework" singer, who has the biggest following on Twitter, has since deleted the tweets, which even included a message saying that she misses Taylor Swift. Perry and Swift have had a rocky relationship. Swift's song "Bad Blood" is said to be about their feud.

"We do not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons," a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement.

It's not clear who was behind the attack. A Twitter user with the handle @sw4ylol has been widely-linked with the hack across a number of publications. it could not be confirmed if this user, who has not posted their real name, is responsible. The user posted a tweet asking, "Who TF is Katy Perry". This was followed up by another tweet containing a link to a track on music streaming site SoundCloud that the hacker claimed to be Perry's new song called "Witness 1.3".

This tweet was later removed. But then another tweet was sent showing an email from SoundCloud saying that the track had been removed because of a copyright claim against it from Universal Music Group.

Perry is the latest in a string of stars to have their social media accounts hijacked, including Swift and Justin Bieber.