Fast Company Website Down After Hack Sends Out Obscene Notifications

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Sep 29, 2022


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The hacker released a database containing thousands of employee records. The company has shut down its website until the situation’s resolution.

“Thrax Was Here”

Fast Company’s website is down after a hacker breached the business publication and sent out “incredibly offensive alerts” to Apple News subscribers. 

“Fast Company’s content management system account was hacked on Tuesday evening,” it said in an official statement. “As a result, two obscene and racist push notifications were sent to our followers in Apple News about a minute apart. The messages are vile and are not in line with the content and ethos of Fast Company.”

The publication revealed that it had already suffered an “apparently related” hack on Sunday, causing it to shut down the website for two hours. 

Subscribers posted screenshots of the offensive messages on social media following the cyber attack. They were signed, “Thrax was here.”

Fast Company did not disclose the loophole exploited by the cybercriminal. However, SocialProof Security CEO Rachel Tobac threw some light on the matter. In a series of tweets, she disclosed that the attacker claimed that the hack was “ridiculously easy” and used a simple reused password to access publication tools.

Following the hack, Apple News announced that it had immediately disabled the Fast Company channel.



Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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