Grimes’ connections to hacking go beyond a Cyberpunk 2077 cameo, apparently. Cyber security expert Jackie Singh and Pitchfork report the electropop star (aka Claire Boucher) who confessed to hacking the culture blog Hipster ending in a Vanity Fair interview† She said she coordinated a distributed denial-of-service attack against the site in 2012 after anonymous author Carles posted a supposedly “mean” story, including a photo of her kissing a friend at a party.
At the time, Carles said: Motherboard there was evidence of “dirty play” on the server, including a disk crash and sabotaged backups. Grimes said she and her fellow, still-anonymous (game industry) perpetrator was “basically blackmail.”[ed]Carles to delete the story before they let him restore Hipster Runoff.
The confession may be more than just an interesting anecdote. Such as Pitchfork explains that DDoS attacks have long been illegal in both the US and Grimes’ home country of Canada — both countries can sentence those responsible for up to 10 years in prison. Blackmail has, of course, been illegal for some time. Law enforcement officers could theoretically charge Boucher and her accomplice based on the interview. Current Hipster ending owner Trevor McFedries has early Twitter followers if anyone has a backup of the site under Carles, so the story may not be over yet.
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