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Many Reddit communities vandalized with pro-Trump content material, possibly due to compromised moderator accounts

A variety of subreddits had been taken over and vandalized on Friday, possibly as a part of a coordinated marketing campaign. Hackers reportedly posted messages or modified a subreddit’s design in assist of President Donald Trump.

“An investigation is underway related to a series of vandalized communities,” a Reddit spokesperson mentioned in an announcement to The Verge. “It appears the source of the attacks were compromised moderator accounts. We are working to lock down those accounts and restore impacted communities.”

What r/Japan regarded like when it was vandalized.
Image: r/Japan

It’s unclear proper now how the accounts had been compromised. A post on r/subredditdrama listed dozens of subreddits that had been affected, and lots of had been fairly standard, together with r/CFB, r/meals, r/Japan, r/nfl, r/podcasts, and r/area. It seems that subreddits are within the strategy of reverting again to regular, and a few moderators have posted messages noting that their subreddit was compromised.

The assault on Reddit marks one other second in an more and more worrying pattern of social media accounts being hijacked. Twitter fell prey to an unprecedented hack in mid-July, leading to a few of the social community’s most notable accounts being taken over to tweet a bitcoin rip-off. (Three folks have been charged in connection with that assault.) And some YouTube accounts have been compromised in recent days to present “live streams” which can be really bitcoin scams.

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