By: Eric Donnelly
“Security researchers at Slovakian security firm ESET have been looking into Turla, a long-running hacking group believed to be linked to the Russian government that has targeted foreign governments, militaries, educational institutions and more. And they found something pretty unusual, they wrote in a blog post: The malware has been receiving instructions via a seemingly innocuous comment on one of Britney Spears’ Instagram photos.”
Apparently, in a comment that has since been deleted, “user ‘asmith215’ wrote ‘#2hot make loved to her, uupss #Hot #X.’ Just nonsense spam, right? Nope. Hidden inside that message was a a string of characters — 2kdhuHX — that makes up part of a bit.ly link.”
The Queen of Pop has 16.9 million followers on the social platform and receives thousands of comments on each photo, so it would be very difficult to notice a comment like that.
This story is actually so ridiculous.