New York Post website hacked, with racist and sexist headlines targeting politicians


Source: Twitter

The New York Post’s website and Twitter account were hacked Thursday, as racist and sexually explicit headlines about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Joe Biden were published.

The posts were removed shortly thereafter on Thursday morning, and the News Corp-owned New York tabloid newspaper’s website was operating as usual. The Post has 2.8 million followers on Twitter.

A New York Post spokesperson confirmed in an email to CNBC on Thursday that the website was hacked, and they are currently investigating the cause. The spokesperson provided no further comment.

The headlines appeared with photos but links that didn’t lead to articles. In addition to violent and explicit headlines targeting Biden and his son, Hunter, and Ocasio-Cortez, there was also a racist headline regarding New York Mayor Eric Adams and a post targeting unionized teachers.

Representatives for the president, Ocasio-Cortez, Adams, New York gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin and incumbent Kathy Hochul – who were also mentioned in explicit headlines – didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Content management system WordPress didn’t immediately respond to comment, either.

This is the second hack on a U.S. media publication in recent weeks. In late September, the Fast Company had shut down its website after its site was hacked and sent out “obscene and racist” push notifications to Apple News users.

At the time, Fast Company said on Twitter its content management system was hacked and impacted its Apple News alerts. The company, which also uses WordPress, had suspended its website immediately. It later said it retained a global incident response and cybersecurity firm to investigate the matter.

–CNBC’s Stefan Sykes and Jack Stebbins contributed to this article.