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The New York Post Was Hacked. Sexist and racist headlines were used to target politicians

  • The New York post's Twitter account was temporarily hacked this morning before eventually gaining access back into their account

  • These posts were used to target politicians; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, President Joe Biden, New York gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin, as well others.

On Thursday, October 27th, 2022 the New York Posts Twitter account which has 2.8 million followers was hacked. They were able to gain access back, but not before the damage was done. These posts were used to target some of the leaders of the USA, which will inevitably cause a backlash, either through questioning, or scrutinization of the company's security policy.

A New York Spokesperson said: “We’ve taken down the vile and reprehensible content posted by the hackers and continue to investigate the cause,”

This sort of mistake can cost the company in many ways such as advertising revenue but most importantly, credibility. Mistakes like these should not be happening in media outlets companies that have heavy sway on consumer sentiment. This could lead to internal classified information being leaked or worse. Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul was also mentioned in the jarring headline as a result of the hack:

“The New York Post has long fostered an ugly, toxic conversation on their front pages and social accounts, but these posts are more disgusting and vile than usual,” a Hochul representative said Thursday. “The New York Post needs to immediately explain how this reprehensible content was made public. While the Post has made its preferences very clear in the New York Governor’s race, there is no room for this violent, sexist rhetoric in our politics. We demand answers.”

As a result of this their website was suspended on WordPress fearing more of their online resources were compromised. It later then hired a cybersecurity firm to investigate.

This is why it is important to have a Trusted Cybersecurity Firm to constantly monitor your systems, and make sure you are fully protected in all aspects of your business. Remember 60% of businesses shut down a year after they get Ransomed, don't let that be you.


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