By Mike Murphy
Many Apple News users received a push notification on Tuesday containing racist and obscene language, the result of an apparent hack.
The offensive post came in a push alert from business news magazine Fast Company’s account, adding that “Thrax was here.” It was unclear exactly who Thrax was, or how many Apple (AAPL) users the alert was sent to, but it seemed to be widespread.
A similar post appeared on Fast Company’s website, along with a claim from the hackers about how they were able to access the site’s publishing tools. The posts were removed from the page, and Fast Company took its site entirely offline as a precaution, where users only saw a “404 Not Found” error message.
“Fast Company’s Apple News account was hacked Tuesday night,” the company said in a tweet. “Two obscene and racist push notifications were sent approximately one minute apart. The messages are despicable and not in line with Fast Company’s content and philosophy. We are investigating the situation and have suspended the feed and closed http:/ /FastCompany.com until we are sure the situation has been resolved.”
It was unclear if the Apple News platform was also compromised or if the hack was done entirely through Fast Company’s web publishing tools.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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