Jessica Alba's Twitter Account Hacked to Post Racist, Homophobic Messages to Her 9 Million Followers

The more than 9 million Twitter followers of actress Jessica Alba got a big surprise over the weekend, when the Sin City star's account suddenly began blasting out hateful, racist and homophobic messages on the social media platform.

Alba, 38, had not sent out an actual tweet on her account since July 20. Like many of her messages on Twitter, it was a link to her even more popular Instagram page (16 million followers), where she alternates between posting photos of her enviable life and pushing her successful Honest line of home and beauty products.

Then at some point overnight Saturday into Sunday, Alba's Twitter account changed its screen name to "R.I.U. Jessica Alba" and began spewing tweet after tweet of nasty nonsense, much of which we can't repeat.

A number of the tweets — which have since been removed from Alba's feed but were screengrabbed by users for posterity — make repeated homophobic and ableist references to "handicap f***ots," expressing hate for them and even blaming the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on them.

Other tweets claim that "Nazi Germany did nothing wrong," or used racist language and stereotypes to reference blacks and people of South Asian heritage.

The "R.I.U." added to Alba's screen name was likely a reference to the phrase "Resting in undoxability," a brag by hackers who believe they can not be accurately tracked and identified.

Also referenced in multiple tweets was the rapper YNW Melly — born Jamell Maurice Demons — who was arrested earlier this year and is currently awaiting trial on charges that he was involved in the October 2018 murder of two of his associates, Anthony "YNW Sakchaser" Williams and Christopher "YNW Juvy" Thomas Jr.

The tweets remained up for several hours before being taken down by Twitter early Sunday morning. Alba's name soared to the top of the platform's trending topics as fans and other curious users waited for the Fantastic Four actress to catch on to what had happened to her account.

A number of users tried to imagine what Alba's morning would be like when she finally woke up to find out why everyone on Twitter was suddenly talking about her.

Others wondered why, of all people, Jessica Alba's Twitter account would be targeted by hateful hackers.

While the offending tweets were gone, as of 9 a.m. ET, Sunday morning, Alba had not yet posted a statement or otherwise acknowledged the hack on either her Twitter or Instagram accounts.

Newsweek has contacted Twitter HQ to see if the company has any statement on this high-profile hack and will update this story if we receive a response from the company.

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Jessica Alba attends a Meet & Greet event for the presentation of the Honest Beauty line at Douglas store in Rome on June 22, 2019 in Rome, Italy. Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images
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