A racist message sent to iPhones via Apple News from a hacked Fast Company site

Fast Company magazine reported on Tuesday evening that hackers breached internal systems, defaced the company’s main news site and sent iPhone users racist push notifications through Apple News.

The two-sentence push notifications attributed to Fast Company and contained the n-word and graphic language, prompting shocked users to post screenshots on Twitter.

While breaches by media companies are not unheard of, Apple’s “walled garden” announcement was one of the biggest breaches in memory. There is nothing to indicate that user security has been compromised beyond the words of regret.

“Fast Company’s Apple News account was hacked on Tuesday evening. Two obscene and racist push notifications were sent within a minute of each other,” the magazine said via email. “The messages are bad and do not match the content of Fast Company. We investigated the situation and stopped the feed FastCompany.com Until we are sure the situation has been resolved.”

An Apple spokesperson pointed to Apple News’ tweet: “Incredibly, Fast Company sent out an attack alert that has been hacked. Apple News has disabled their channel.

While the magazine’s site was defaced, an article titled Sponsored Content explained how hackers managed the breach.

The account said the team broke into the company’s WordPress program and found keys to functions including the Apple News programming interface.

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