Taylor Swift shakes off hacking on social media

AFPNEW YORKTaylor Swift scoffed at a hacker who took over her social media accounts and threatened to release pictures, with the pop star saying none existed.The singer’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were briefly seized by at least one hacker who vowed to release pictures of Swift if ...

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  • California rockers Avi Buffalo disband

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  • Sean Penn to get French cinema honour

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  • Mad Men creator, Tautou join Berlin film fest jury

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  • PFDC’s first couture week next month

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  • Murphys angry as governor uses song

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  • Sony delays earnings after Interview cyberattack

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  • Colombia’s Paulina Vega wins Miss Universe title

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