Mac Rumors Feed Hacked During MacWorld
Apple has been making news all week with its MacWorld Expo (www.macworldexpo.com), and yesterday one of the vehicles for that news became the subject when news site Mac Rumors (www.macrumors.com) was hijacked during its "livestream" coverage of the event.
According to a report published yesterday on TechCrunch, author Jason Kincaid saw odd messages begin to appear in the feed at about 9:25 a.m. yesterday, with the problem quickly growing worse.
"At 9:24 AM the stream issued an alarming announcement that 'Steve Jobs just died'. Moments later this was corrected, with a statement that the Mac Rumors team didn't know how it had gotten into the feed," writes Kincaid. "There was quiet for a few minutes. And then things took a turn for the worst, as members of what appears to be the 4chan image-board began flooding the feed with bizarre comments."
The TechCrunch post includes a screenshot of the feed as the problems were emerging.
4chan is a popular image-based web forum, and is quite well known for its unfiltered, sometimes-alarming content and its role in popularizing several well-known internet memes.
A post from 1:29 p.m. EST on Mac Rumors says the feed was hacked, but that the regular site's functions were not compromised, including user info.
"Our MacRumorsLive keynote coverage was hacked today," says the post, "inserting inappropriate content into the text and photo feeds. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to restore our services. The hack appears to be limited to the Mac RumorsLive servers so forum accounts should be safe."
According to commenters on the TechCrunch post, the "hack" was the result of Mac Rumors' failure to password-protect the control panel for its livestream. A commenter posted a link to a screenshot of the control panel.
Mac Rumors joins a long list of "hack" stories from this week, including breaches at micro-blogging service Twitter, a Pakistani Police site and several prominent Israeli websites.
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