The New York Post has regained control of its website and Twitter account after they were hacked Thursday morning and filled with “vile” statements.
The takeover included phony headlines and tweets that touted racism, sexism, and called for the deaths of President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden, and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
There was also a headline describing New York City Mayor Eric Adams as a “fried chicken eating monkey,” one referring to an imagined “rape” of New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, and a headline describing the “slaughtering” of undocumented immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The hack appeared to have started around 9 a.m. ET, several websites reported. The New York Post sent out a statement on Twitter at 9:48 a.m. ET/6:48 a.m. PT explaining what happened.
“The New York Post has been hacked. We are currently investigating the cause,” the tweet said.
The website Spectator World captured screengrabs of the offensive posts before they were deleted.
Hours after the hack, the Post issued an official statement blaming a rogue employee for the hack attack.
“The New York Post’s investigation indicates that the unauthorized conduct was committed by an employee, and we are taking appropriate action,” the statement said. “This morning, we immediately removed the vile and reprehensible content from our website and social media accounts.”
The tabloid newspaper, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, is known for its right-leaning views, frequent criticism of Democrats and near-daily articles calling for an investigation into Hunter Biden.
The paper has 2.8 million followers on Twitter.
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