Why have been these bizarre accounts following a bunch of individuals on Spotify?

The Spotify logo on a green backdrop surrounded by pink and white graphics.
Illustration by Nick Barclay / The Verge

Someone despatched an odd tip about Spotify to The Verge on Wednesday.

The e-mail, with the topic line “Spotify Hackers,” claimed that “Each English account in America has two new followers, ! lucasrpx and ! vitornovaes.” The tipster adopted up two minutes later to share a screenshot exhibiting the profile footage from the accounts, which featured characters from the Studio Ghibli film Ponyo. Bizarre stuff.

This appeared fairly innocuous — we doubted they have been hackers — however we needed to examine. It was straightforward to disprove that the accounts adopted “each English account in America”; the accounts weren’t following me. (Although full disclosure that I’ve been an Apple Music consumer for years.) However the accounts did observe two different Verge staffers,…

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