Canadian pop star Grimes says she was behind a 2012 hack and “blackmail” by popular culture blog Hipster Runoff after it published a photo of her kissing an unnamed woman.
The singer admitted the act in an interview with Vanity Fair. She said she and a friend who was in the video game industry conducted a DDoS, or distributed denial of service, attack on the indie site after sharing a photo of her kissing a friend and a had published unflattering articles.
“I just went to a party with my friends” Grimes told Vanity Fairwhich ran a feature of the singer in its April issues ahead of the release of her new album, Book1.
“Someone took this picture and it ended up on this website called Hipster Runoff.”
Grimes continued, “And then he told this story and it was like I was trying to be like everyone with integrity and you know how to start my career … And it was like Grimes went wild or something.”
She added: “And it was just such a super crazy, like a mean story. And it was like this meme that went all over the internet. But my friend who for – I won’t say what video game had access to… Okay, I don’t want to get him in trouble, but anyway… we were actually able to DDoS Hipster Runoff and basically blackmail them .
“We figured we wouldn’t let you bring your website up again until you shut down the story,” Grimes said. “And he actually wrote the story down.”
“And it was my coolest hacking moment.”
Grimes, whose real name is Claire Boucher, has been in the news for the past few months because of her relationship with Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Hackers who launch a DDoS attack, usually aimed at companies to extort money, flood their target website with more information and traffic than it can handle. As a result, the website cannot access the internet and needs to be shut down.
The most common way to perform a DDoS hack is using “botnets,” or a collection of computers or devices infected with malware. These botnets are then used to flood the target site until they crash the servers.
jackie singh, the author of a cybersecurity blogsaid that since Canada has no statute of limitations for cybercrimes, Grimes’ statements could potentially leave them vulnerable to criminal penalties.
Grimes recently announced that she had once again split from boyfriend Musk. The two are now co-parents to their two children – a boy, X Æ A-12, and a little girl, Exa, who was born through a surrogate mother.
Page Six was the first to report it Grimes was in a relationship with Chelsea Manningthe former US Army, who spent years in prison after being convicted of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks.
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