It’s not often hackers play the part of the disappointed parent, however “Cash Me Outside” girl Danielle Bregoli was hacked on Twitter and Instagram on Tuesday by a group that claimed to be upset at her disrespectful behavior toward her mother.
“Face Security Group,” the hacking entity that claims to have taken over Bregoli’s Instagram page, changed her name (to a jumble of Cyrillic text, part of which now references The Washington Post and reads, in Russian, “Democracy Dies in Darkness”) and profile picture (to their own logo) and posted three videos to her accounts, threatening that they would begin unspecified “leaks” Wednesday evening.
The first video, which has already been viewed over a million times, said: “This is the modern day celebrity. This country glorifies and makes famous a young girl for being disrespectful to her mother. She is no role model. She is no idol. She is no God. Pay close attention to what happens next.”
A second video posted two hours later stated: “Citizens of the world. Too long we have stood by idly and observed. It is time we take matters into our own hands. The time for change is now. The leaks begin Wednesday.”
A third video, posted after another two-hour interval, showed a time clock counting down from 19 hours to zero.
Bregoli swiftly set up a duplicate internet page and appeared to shrug off the hackers, writing, “My account got hacked. I will be taking my account back soon. Follow this one until then.”
Bregoli, fans of daytime TV will recall, became famous when she appeared on Dr. Phil, for a segment called “I Want to Give Up My Car-Stealing, Knife-Wielding, Twerking 13-Year-Old Daughter Who Tried to Frame Me for a Crime.”
Bregoli told the TV doctor of her relationship with her mother, Barbara; “I’m pretty violent. Either I’m breaking down her door or she’s breaking down my door. I don’t stop till I start seeing dents in the door. I steal cars. I steal her credit card. I ain’t gonna lie, there’s no reason to lie.”
It was pretty standard Dr. Phil fare until the 13-year-old uttered her immortal line, which, following common agreement across social-media platforms, is now officially spelled: “Cash me outside, howbow dah?”
Dr. Phil looked bemused, and her mom had to explain that the phrase “means she’ll go outside and do what she has to do.”
The clip became a viral sensation and Bregoli—who was accused of fighting with another passenger on an airplane last month—has become a micro celebrity since then, with a line of merchandise in the pipeline and a guest appearance dancing on Kodak Black’s “Everything 1K.”
Bregoli’s estranged father is now apparently seeking to use Bregoli’s fame to raise money. Ira Peskowitz created a GoFundMe account Thursday with the stated aim of raising funds to get custody of his daughter. “I’m reaching out to the world, humbly, as a father that was estranged from my daughter, Danielle, as a result of parental alienation,” he wrote on the fundraiser’s page.
He has so far been pledged $2,515 of a $250,000 'goal'.