New York Post Hacker Posts Violent Tweets
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- By Steven
- Oct 28, 2022
One of the largest newspapers in New York suffered a hack that rocked millions. Plenty of readers crack jokes in the Twitter replies, saying it looked so similar to what the paper usually posts they couldn’t tell the difference. Many other people are taking it to a different side of the spectrum; many are stating that the hacker should have had more air time and that their opinions were correct. The hack affected many people, including President Biden and his son, Hunter.
How Did the Attack Occur?
The cyber attack occurred when a New York Post employee hijacked the paper’s Twitter and website, doctoring existing articles to suit their needs and posting various threats to politicians. “The New York Post’s investigation indicates that the unauthorized conduct was committed by an employee, and we are taking appropriate action,” said The New York Post. The posts, which were sexual and violent, were immediately pulled, and The New York Post restored the headlines of the affected pieces.
What Did the Tweets Contain?
The tweets contained violent messages and pictures of the targets of the attacks, along with fake news articles stating that various celebrities and politicians were spreading these lies. One read, “Rufo: We Must Destroy and Imprison Union Teachers,” while another said, “Zeldin: Eric Adams is NYC’s Fried Chicken Eating Monkey.” The rest of the posts included murder, assassination, sexual assault, and other vile and illegal acts.
How Did The New York Post Admit to the Breach?
The New York Post admitted to the data breach a few hours later. The paper posted, “The New York Post has been hacked. We are currently investigating the cause.” The reply list on the tweet looks to be a mile long, with differing opinions embedded within but a surprisingly low amount of fighting. The majority of the backlash the newspaper has received has been that the readers couldn’t tell the difference between the usual posts that the paper makes and the ones made by the employee.
What Did The Post do About the Breach?
“This morning, we immediately removed the vile and reprehensible content from our website and social media accounts,” The Post stated on the day of the breach. While this breach may not seem as consumer affective as many others we face right now, the breach still impacted the people to whom the threats were aimed, severely offending many of their followers as well.
What Does the Future Hold for The New York Post?
In our opinion, the future of the post doesn’t seem to be in jeopardy at all. While The Post has always spoken about controversial topics and annoys many people, this breach was not its fault. Of course, extremists will always want to cancel The Post for the lies spoken during the breach, but this time, The New York Post did nothing wrong aside from judging a specific employee poorly. This breach may be the last straw for some people who have been offended by The Post’s content for years.