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Massive Reddit hack litters site with bizarre pro-Trump content

Image: Reddit logo (w/ edits)
Image: Reddit logo (w/ edits)
Reddit, one of the most popular social media sites on the Internet, suffered a major breach. The hackers, whose identities and affiliations are currently unknown, used hacked moderator accounts to post strangely worded pro-Trump messages. Many of the compromised subreddits boast over one million members.

One of the largest social media websites in the world was hacked, and the hackers appear (on the surface) to be huge Trump fans.

Reddit, which had over 430 million users as of the end of 2019, saw one of its worst security breaches earlier today. Scores of subreddits, some of which boast over one million members, were hacked and muttered with content praising U.S. President Donald Trump.

Some of the hacked subreddits (full list in the press release section below, via Reddit) include popular communities for numerous National Football League (NFL) teams, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams, r/Space, popular U.S. television shows, and more. The messages posted were strange and bizarre in nature. They are riddled with grammatical errors, filled with emojis, and contain Chinese characters. A common theme among the messages, though, is their blatant pro-Trump declarations.

The hackers seem to have accessed old or dormant administrator accounts, likely through social engineering and brute-forcing passwords. Reddit confirmed that none of the compromised accounts had two-factor authentication enabled, making it easier for hackers to slip through. At the time of writing, most of the subreddits have been cleaned up, thanks in part to a guide Reddit posted walking moderators through recovering their community pages.

The hack comes the day after Trump issued an executive order effectively banning the popular smartphone apps TikTok and WeChat, both of which are owned by Chinese companies. The order bans financial transactions with ByteDance, Ltd. and Tencent, the respective owners of TikTok and WeChat, after September 15.

What do you think about the Reddit hack? Did your favorite subreddit get compromised? Let us know in the comments.

r/NFL was one of the subreddits affected in the hack.
r/NFL was one of the subreddits affected in the hack.
r/Space was also hacked.
r/Space was also hacked.

Source(s)

  • /r/BostonCeltics

  • /r/Buffy

  • /r/Disneyland

  • /r/EDM

  • /r/Food

  • /r/Naruto

  • /r/RupaulsDragRace

  • r/11foot8

  • r/3amjokes

  • r/49ers

  • r/ANGEL

  • r/Animemes

  • r/AnotherClosetAtheist

  • r/AquaticAsFuck

  • r/Avengers

  • r/awwducational

  • r/BadHistory

  • r/BannedFromClubPenguin

  • r/Beer

  • r/BertStrips

  • r/BlackMirror

  • r/BlackPeopleTwitter

  • r/BookSuggestions

  • r/BurningAsFuck

  • r/CasualTodayILearned

  • r/CFB

  • r/Chadsriseup

  • r/comedyheaven

  • r/comedyheaven/

  • r/creepyPMs

  • r/CrewsCrew/

  • r/Dallas

  • r/DallasProtests/

  • r/DestinyTheGame

  • r/DeTrashed

  • r/DNDMemes

  • r/FacingTheirParenting

  • r/Fireteams/

  • r/freefolk

  • r/FreezingFuckingCold/

  • r/gamemusic

  • r/GMAT

  • r/Gorillaz

  • r/GRE

  • r/greatbritishbakeoff

  • r/HeavyFuckingWind/

  • r/hentaimemes

  • r/HuskersRisk

  • r/ImagineThisView

  • r/IRLEasterEggs

  • r/ISS

  • r/Japan

  • r/KingkillerChronicle

  • r/LawSchool

  • r/Leafs

  • r/ListenToThis

  • r/Locklot

  • r/Lockpicking

  • r/LuxuryLifeHabits

  • r/MadLads

  • r/NFL

  • r/nononono

  • r/nonononoyes

  • r/PhotoshopBattles

  • r/Plano

  • r/Podcasts

  • r/PokemonGOBattleLeague

  • r/PoliticalDiscussion

  • r/RedditDayOf

  • r/Renting

  • r/Samurai8

  • r/ShitAmericansSay

  • r/ShitPostCrusaders

  • r/ShowerBeer

  • r/Space

  • r/StartledCats

  • r/Subaru

  • r/Supernatural

  • r/SweatyPalms

  • r/telescopes

  • r/ThatsInsane

  • r/TheDailyZeitgeist

  • r/TookTooMuch

  • r/TPB

  • r/truecrimepodcasts

  • r/TwoSentenceHorror

  • r/Vancouver

  • r/WeAreTheMusicMakers

  • r/weddingplanning

  • r/woodpaneled

  • r/woof_irl

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Sam Medley, 2020-08- 8 (Update: 2020-08- 8)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.