(Reuters) — Business and media publication Fast Company said it shut down its website on Tuesday evening after the site was hacked and sent “obscene and racist” messages to Apple users via the iPhone maker’s Apple News service.
News publishers using the Apple News aggregation app can connect their digital publishing tools to Apple News to send push notifications to Apple customers who subscribe to the publisher’s channel. Fast Company said hackers broke into these publishing tools.
Hackers sent two “obscene and racist push messages” about a minute apart, Fast Company said in a tweet, adding that it had suspended the Apple News feed until the situation was resolved.
“We are investigating the situation and have interrupted the feed and shut down FastCompany.com until we are sure the situation has been resolved,”; the publication added.
In a subsequent tweet after the shutdown, Fast Company said its content management system — software used by news outlets to publish and manage their stories — had been hacked.
Apple News said in a tweet that it had disabled Fast Company’s channel.
Fast Company said it had previously suffered an “apparently related” hack of its website on Sunday afternoon, when similar language appeared on its homepage, prompting it to shut down the site for about two hours.
Fast Company is owned by the publisher Mansueto Ventures LLC.