The Fast Company Website Shut Down for Eight Days
On Tuesday, September 27th, Apple News users that followed Fast Company received an obscene and offensive push notification, which we will not repeat on Tech.co, although a quick Twitter search will likely help you find it if you absolutely need to see it. The message was naturally the result of a cyberattack, which Fast Company confirmed in a statement:
“Fast Company’s Apple News account was hacked on Tuesday evening. Two obscene and racist push notifications were sent about a minute apart. The messages are vile and are not in line with the content of Fast Company. We are investigating the situation and have suspended the feed and shut down FastCompany.com until we are certain the situation has been resolved.”
The hack was just the beginning, though. The attacker — who went back the moniker “Thrax” in the initial notification — also gained access to the Fast Company CMS via WordPress. This allowed them to view everything from unpublished drafts to company records, including email addresses and passwords of more than 6,000 employees.
Fast Company shut down its website in order to mitigate the damage, as well as the websites for its other publications it owns, including Inc.com and Mansueto.com.