Hackers broke into Fast Company magazine’s internal systems on Tuesday evening, taking down the company’s main news site and sending racist push notifications to iPhone users via Apple News.
While breaches are not unheard of at media companies, the announcement was one of the biggest breaches of Apple’s “walled garden” in memory. There was nothing to suggest that user security was breached beyond the outrageous expression.
“Fast Company’s Apple News account was hacked Tuesday evening. Two obscene and racist push notifications were sent about a minute apart,” the magazine said in an email. “The messages are disgusting and not appropriate for the content of Fast Company. We are investigating the situation and have suspended and closed the broadcast FastCompany.com Until we’re sure the situation is resolved.”
An Apple spokesperson said, pointing to an Apple News tweet: “An incredibly offensive warning was sent by the hacked Fast Company. Apple News disabled their channel.”
An incredibly offensive warning was posted by the hacked Fast Company. Apple News disabled their channel.
— Apple News (@AppleNews) September 28, 2022
While the magazine’s site was defaced, an article labeled sponsored content described how hackers pulled off the theft.
That account says the group hacked into the company’s WordPress software and found keys to features, including the Apple News programming interface.