Taylor Swift’s Twitter hacked

A HACKER affiliated with Lizard Squad appears to have hacked Taylor Swift's Twitter account, posting messages that received thousands of retweets before they were removed.

One of the messages told users to follow a user with the handle @Lizzard.

That user's Twitter biography claims to be a "leader of Lizard Squad", as well as a number of other famous hacking groups such as LulzSec and Anonymous. The account posted a number of tweets apparently revelling in the hack this evening.

Yes, I'm currently dating @taylorswift13 

- トカゲ (@Lizzard) January 27, 2015

The posts stayed up for a matter of minutes before they were apparently removed, but not before they had received thousands of retweets and favourites.

Swift's Instagram account was also hit by the hack, sending out similar messages before they were also taken down.

While some of Swift's fans (known as Swifties) rushed to defend the singer, others asked hackers to follow them from the official account while it was compromised.

All tweets since January 25 were deleted, including all of those apparently posted by hackers.

On Swift's official Tumblr she wrote: "My Twitter got hacked but don't worry, Twitter is deleting the hacker tweets and locking my account until they can figure out how this happened and get me new passwords.

"Never a dull moment."

The post was tagged with "hackers gonna hack hack hack hack hack".