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June 10, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

This Dance Beat superstar's Instagram post was used as a communication link for malware

This comment on Britney Spears' Instagram account was used as a communication link for hackers
A strange looking, meaningless text string in the comment section helped direct malware to a specific destination.
Hacker's are damn clever people. When it comes to using technology in ways it was never meant to be used - these people take it to new levels. While Britney Spears fans sift through her Instagram account, some will like her pics, some will leave comments, and others will just pass by.

A malicious Firefox extension sought out Britney's Instagram account for a different purpose. Installed on user's computers by another site, the extension was directed to a specific post on Spears' account where it would scan the comments seeking a component to complete a bit.ly URL that would then know where to send stolen info.

The needed info hid in plain sight as a peculiar comment that most of us would simply ignore. There was no threat to anyone following Britney's account or interacting with it. The odd comment was buried among the hundreds of comments, waiting to be found by the hacker's malware. Using social media is a great scheme for putting added distance between the hackers and anyone on their trail as well as the ability to easily erase traces of it. I commend their choice of imagery.

While she surged to stardom in the late '90s, Britney Spears currently has a Las Vegas residency that showcases her ability to entertain night after night. All these years later, she still delivers solid entertainment and has a following large enough to hide innocuous malware clues on her Instagram. You need a lot of interacting fans for that honor ;)

Don't forget she's stared in her own video game on Nintendo's Game Boy Advance and Sony's PS2. in tribute to her celebrity prowess, put ...Baby One More Time on the turn table and fire up Britney's Dance Beat on your console of choice!

Britney's Dance Beat for PS2

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