Grimes Admits Involvement in Hack That Disrupted Indie Music Blog – EDM.com

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Grimes makes it clear that she won’t face any backlash on the internet.

In a new interview with vanity loungeGrimes has revealed what she calls her “coolest hacker moment”, reflecting on her inventive approach to dealing with unfair press that rocked her career in 2012.

A photo taken of Grimes at a party – where she was seen kissing a friend – had been leaked to the now defunct publication, hipster runoff. Grimes explained that the story hipster runoff published was mean-spirited and made her the subject of a viral meme during a formative time in her career.

So she decided to take action by contacting a friend from a video game company who coordinated a DDos attack on her behalf. DDos attacks are illegal in practice, so Grimes kept the story light on all the telltale details.

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“My friend who worked for – I won’t say which video game – had access – okay, I don’t want to get him in trouble. But regardless, we were actually able to DDoS Hipster Runoff and basically blackmail them,” Grimes recalled. “We were like, ‘We’re not going to let you put your site back up until you delete the story.’ And he actually took the story down. That was my coolest hacking moment.

The hack also destroyed the site’s remote backups and spelled the beginning of the end for hipster runoffwhich was sold in 2015. As cybersecurity expert Jackie Singh RemarksCanada does not have a statute of limitations on cybercrime, which raises questions about whether Grimes’ interview could lead to any legal ramifications down the road.

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