TWICE’s Jihyo Speaks Out Against Hacking Scam + JYP Entertainment To Take Legal Action
TWICE’s Jihyo has become a victim of a hacking scam on KakaoTalk (a mobile messenger platform used in South Korea).
On November 10, screenshots of the hacking situation were uploaded on TWICE’s official Instagram page along with a warning that read, “Recently, my Naver ID was hacked and locked, so I can’t check my business email, but this is a message from my family this morning. Did you find out my family’s number just because I’m a celebrity? Don’t play such mean tricks in a ridiculous way. I won’t tolerate it again. Enough is enough.”
In the screenshots of the conversation, a hacker sent a message to Jihyo’s mother asking for money. The hacker pretended to be Jihyo and claimed that her KakaoTalk account had changed because her phone was getting fixed after its screen shattered. Then the hacker asked Jihyo’s mother to send 5 million won (approximately $4,400) through a bank account number they claimed belonged to Jihyo’s manager.
The same day, JYP Entertainment shared through an official statement, “We have been continuing legal protection of our artists with the policy of taking firm action after reviewing applicable legal procedures on defamation and acts violating personal rights. However, actions violating the privacy of artists have not stopped, and we have confirmed this crime has been expanding to our artists’ families.”
The statement announces that all possible legal action will be taken without leniency based on the Criminal Act and Minor Offenses Act on actions such as finding personal information of artists and their families, selling or sharing this information, contacting the artists, illegally sharing photos that violate the artists’ privacy or portrait rights, and attempting to hack the artists’ social media accounts.
The agency is continuously checking the posts, photos, and videos of illegal acts by monitoring and through the tips sent in by fans. They asked for fans’ cooperation and promised to put in their full efforts both online and offline so that disorderly and wrongful actions will not cause trouble to not only their artists, but also the many people who love TWICE.