Much like their brand, the Fifth Harmony website is perfectly managed and carefully checked.
But the girl group’s official landing page was hacked on Saturday night by an unknown source – leaving fans shocked by the presence of political propaganda.
The band’s online home, www.fifthharmony.com, was momentarily down and replaced with a Kurdish flag and expletive-laden messages, despite high-tech security measures.
Featuring a random email address, the post also contained a dramatic message which said: ‘Kurdish hacker was here! Long live to Kurdistan! F*** ISIS, F*** Turkey!’.
Before long, an eagle-eyed fan spotted the message and posted it online. One stunned follower responded saying: “OMG I thought it was a joke but I checked it myself”, while another added: “Yes, OMG – check it yourself”.
Numerous other dedicated fans also shared details of the hack on social media.
Fortunately, it didn’t take long for the issue to be resolved and the landing page to be replaced with official content.
Thankfully, the band were unlikely to have noticed as it happened during their performance at the Nickelodeon’s 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards.
The Mirror have contacted representatives for Fifth Harmony, but are yet to receive a response.
Fifth Harmony fans were stunned in December when Camila Cabello left the group, which found fame on the second series of X Factor USA in 2012.
The group announced Camila’s departure via their Instagram account, saying: “After 4 and a half years of being together, we have been informed via her representatives that Camila has decided to leave Fifth Harmony. We wish her well.”
That kicked off a war of words between Camila and the group – she insisted they’d known for a while she wanted to leave, while the band suggested that wasn’t the case.
Camila said she was “shocked” by Fifth Harmony’s statement , telling fans: “The girls were aware of my feelings through the long, much needed conversations about the future that we had during our tour. Saying that they were just informed through my representatives that I was ‘leaving the group’ is simply not true.”
“Just like the other girls said in their statement about their plans, I had also planned to continue with my own solo endeavours in the New Year, but I did not intend to end things with Fifth Harmony this way,” she added.
The group, however, hit back with a statement of their own disagreeing with Camila’s take on the situation.
“Over the past several months we have consistently made every effort to sit down and discuss the future of Fifth Harmony with Camila,” they said.
“We have spent the past year and a half (since her initial solo endeavor) trying to communicate to her and her team all of the reasons why we felt Fifth Harmony deserved at least one more album of her time, given the success of this past year that we’d all worked so hard for.”
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