Headline, February 21 2019/ '' ' HEARINGS* HACKERS HEARTBURN ' ''



CONNOR BALL - 23 - YEAR - OLD BASSIST of the British pop band the Vamps, was in the shower when he realized something really strange was up.

The song he was listening to on Spotify, by the American singer Lauv, had just suddenly stopped. ''That's a shame,'' Mr. Ball remembered thinking. {He couldn't start again; he was still showering.} Then another song started playing. The music was odd, like nothing he would choose to play for himself.

''It was atmospheric, almost like massage music,'' he said. He soon realized that he had been hacked. The music was playing on Google Chrome, a web browser that Mr. Ball does not use. Weeks later, he has not yet changed his password, he said, because of ''laziness''. So he has continued to endure his hackers' strange taste.

Asked how he pictured the person choosing the songs, he said, ''I'm imagining a 70-year-old-bald man in a rocking chair.''
Accounts get compromised. It's the way of things. [For the record, here's what Spotify suggests victims of hacking should do.

The company said in a statement that it takes ''all fraudulent activity on our service extremely seriously'' and recommended that its users protect themselves by refraining from using the same user names and passwords across various accounts]. These digital incursions can be unsettling [when not outright upsetting], but they are often impersonal. Usually, one doesn't think about one's hacker too often.

That seems to be less true when it comes to music. When a Spotify account gets hacked, the hackee is able to see the music the hacker has chosen [either on the hacker's device, or sometimes presumably by accident, on the hackee's]. A portrait of the hacker often emerges.

 ''I assumed that it was like some sad teenager going through a breakup, listening to bad music,''   Charlene Coughlin said of her hacker.

Ms. Coughlin, 36 and an advertising executive in Cleveland, was hacked recently. She was in the car listening to either Christmas music or Taylor Swift [she couldn't recall which] when there was an interruption. When she got home, she looked on her laptop and found her hacker was listening to a playlist of ''sad trap music'' on a device named Sophia's iPhone.

Despite the imagined breakup, Ms. Coughlin did not feel sorry for this alleged Sophia. I was mostly a little irritated that someone had broken into my account,' she said.

While Ms. Coughlin turned to Spotify and Mr.Ball to apathy, other victims of hacking have come up with ingenious ways to drive their hackers out. Margaret Harris, a 23-year-old Toronto resident, realized she had been hacked over the summer when she found a playlist of EDM with song titles in what looked like Cyrillic characters.

She deleted the playlist, but every couple of days it would come back. And her hacker - whom she imagined as ''some Russian guy in his car.'' though he listened through a web browser and nothing explicitly indicated that he was a man - got more aggressive.

The two of them started fighting over the account as if they were grappling for sole authority over the remote control.''We were actively having this Spotify battle,'' she said. ''His music would start. I would just keep hitting phone pause and playing mine.''

After seeing that the hacker was playing music from Firefox, she had a eureka moment. Mr. Harris is a metal fan and she was wracked her brain for a particular intense song.

She settled on ''Bleed,'' by the Swedish metal band Meshuggah. [Opening Lyrics : Beams of fire sweeping through my head / Thrusts of pain increasingly engaged.'']

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Operational Research on Music, Hacking and Spotify, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Jonah Engel Bromwich.

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