Fallout from the Fast Company hack
Fast Company’s Apple News account was seemingly hacked. That’s bad enough. But in the immediate aftermath the official Apple News Twitter account was forced to put out a tweet decrying the ‘incredibly offensive’ content pushed out by the hacker, noting it had suspended Fast Company’s account. And then it turned out Fast Company’s entire back end had been compromised, and as of time of writing had been replaced by a holding page.
“Before it disappeared, Fast Company’s website included a message from the hackers “postpixel” in which they described how they had been able to execute the attack by infiltrating Fast Company’s WordPress back-end, and ridiculed the publication’s efforts to secure its publishing tools and administrator portal.“
Oof. That’s quite the cascade of failures. You have to feel bad for the Fast Company team who have had to scramble to deal with this, and for the Apple News Twitter team who probably spat out their coffees in shock. It’s a reminder that news sites need to be on top of their own security (and should probably have crisis comms preplanned for similar events).
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