“Fast Company’s website has been hacked,” reads one headline. The hacker allegedly gained access to the company’s content management system and used it to send a racist and obscene push notification to Apple News subscribers, which prompted shocked users to post screenshots on Twitter.
We don’t condone “merchant” content. We are investigating the situation and have shut down our website until we can figure out a solution.
Apple has stated that it has been hacked and the website could be suspended. The hacking that occurred also apparently affected today’s issue of Fast Company.
Due to a conspiracy theory, the popular website shut down their site for around two hours. Fast Company apologizes for any offense that may have been caused and regrets that such content was included even though it was taken down shortly afterwards.
Fast Company didn’t share any details about how it was breached, and the company wasn’t immediately avialable to answer our questions. The Fast Company website has a “404 Not Found” page loading at the time of writing.
The hacker responsible for the breach labelled their article as sponsored content, and claims that Fast Company had a ridiculously easy default password. The hacker was able to access sensitive information, including authentication tokens, Apple News API keys, and Amazon Simple Email Service (SES) tokens.
The hacker, who posted on Sunday to a popular hacking forum, is releasing a database with the information of 6,737 Fast Company employees, including email addresses and hashed passwords. The hacker claims unpublished drafts are also in the database.
Recent hackers have breached the Optus network and gained access to 10,200 records. The forum has been at the centre of many security breaches.
In this day and age, companies store all customer data in different databases. The hacker, who infiltrated photo-sharing websites, said that customer records are likely stored in a separate database and are not accessible due to the fact that they were not able to breach it.
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