April 3, 2017 by

Hacked New York Post Sends out ‘Heil President’ Push Alert

The New York Post app has apologized after sending compromised push notifications to subscribers, one of which read “Heil President Donald Trump.”

The New York Post, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, has been the target of hackers who compromised its app to send out a series of alerts on April Fools’ Day.

A number of messages appeared to be directed at President Donald Trump. “Open your heart to those you do not understand and listen to all those you fear and look down upon,” read one.

The tabloid newspaper quickly removed the alerts. Details of the alerts were removed by the New York post, although one alert notably read “Heil President Donald Trump!”.

The newspaper said on Twitter, several hours after the alerts went out:

The push alert system for our mobile app was compromised this evening. Please accept our apologies.

One of the alerts even included lyrics from Nirvana’s song “Come As You Are”, stating: “Take your time, hurry up, the choice is yours, but don’t be late.”

The final post, a vague, plausibly religious push read: “with Lucid Love, Selah.”

Operating under the umbrella of media group News Corp, the New York Post is notably owned by Trump-friendly media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

“New York Post says their push notification was hacked. Hackers could have really caused some chaos. They actually went pretty easy!” wrote Adrien Chen, staff writer at the New York Post.

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