Grimes admits extortion and hacking of music blog


Grimes might want to bring this one back.

The artist in a recent interview with Vanity Fair admitted to extorting and hacking former popular music blog Hipster Runoff. Grimes also bragged about it.

In the video interview below, Grimes was shown a series of images and asked to explain the stories behind them. One, from 2012, showed her kissing a blonde-haired woman.

Said Grimes seeing the photo, “Oh yeah, ok, so this one is funny, I always wanted to tell the story of this one. Back then, before the ‘revival’ era, I got canceled for this, which is so crazy. I was just at a party with my friends, someone took this photo and it got leaked on this website called Hipster Runoff. And it ran this story. I was trying to have total integrity, and you know, start my career, and it was like ‘Grimes Gone Wild’ or something and it was just this super mean story, and it was this meme going around all over the internet.”

The blog, Hipster Runoff, was run by writer Carles from 2007 to 2013. It was a prominent website at that time, credited with coining the term “chillwave.”

Carles, no saint himself, cynically targeting artists, often had Grimes in his sights. Past headlines on the blog include: “Grimes acts like a crazy woman in a new video. Does she look HOT, KRAZIE or BOTH?”, “TJ Lane, a teenager who shoots in a school from Ohio, listened to Grimes. Has fringe indie become the sound of teenage angst?”

But when the photo of the homosexual kiss appeared, it took her too far. In response, Grimes asked a friend to undertake a “distributed denial of service” (DDoS) attack, which essentially overwhelms a system with too many page requests so that any legitimate request cannot be satisfied. It blocks the view, for all intents and purposes.

Gimes explained, “My friend who worked for – I won’t say which video game – had access to, OK, I don’t want to get him in trouble. But anyway, we actually managed to DDoS Hipster Runoff and blackmail them. We thought, ‘We won’t let you get your site back online until you delete the story.’ And he, in fact, withdrew the story. It was my coolest hacking moment.

Said Carles in 2012 in an interview with Motherboard, “My server’s disk crashed and remote backups were sabotaged,” he said. And the attacker? “I have my suspicions, but I can’t confirm anything at this stage… I can’t really name any names, but I know my site is frowned upon by the independent community. All the other sites hate me, and many artists and labels don’t support my site. I pay a price for not being part of the Corrupt Indie Machine. He also hinted at the massive problem facing HRO. “The site will most likely be back, but at this point I don’t know if the old posts will still exist,” he said.

Carles stopped posting on the site in 2013, selling it for $20,000 in 2015. None of this, of course, can be attributed to Grimes. The site’s audience was shrinking regardless. But Grimes’ actions couldn’t have helped.

Now, with Grimes’ admission, the question has arisen: Will Carles try to prove in court that the site’s downfall was his fault?

To date, there is no statute of limitations for cybercrimes.

In other Grimes news, in the same Vanity Fair interview, she admitted that she and Elon Musk have a secret second child, named Y. The performer has since been linked to Chelsea Manning.

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