At first glance, it appears that MTV and BET are the latest brands to fall victim to Twitter hacks, coming just hours after Jeep and a day after Burger King. Take a look at the MTV and BET twitter accounts:
— HACKED MTV! (@MTV) February 19, 2013
— BET (@BET) February 19, 2013
However, as one Twitter user pointed out, it’s at least possible that what looks like a hack is actually a brilliant(?) social marketing stunt:
— Joseph Teegardin (@Joseph) February 19, 2013
Meanwhile, for those who’ve been following the story since Burger King yesterday, Gizmodo is reporting that they’ve found the hacker. And that he’s from Boston. Supposedly he’s a DJ / hacker nicknamed Tony “iThug” Cunha, and Gizmodo claims that now deleted Facebook messages plus SMS reveal that he’s behind the hacks.
It’s too early to know for sure, however. He could be the person behind all the hacks, some of them, or none of them.
Meanwhile, as Twitter is already pointing out, if MTV and BET “self-hacked” each other, we’re about to enter a brave new world of potentially annoying viral marketing. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: Yep, it appears they’re fake.