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News Outlet Announces It Temporarily Shut Down After Hacker Sent Out 'Obscene and Racist' Notifications

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A news outlet was forced to temporarily shut down after its website was hacked.

On Tuesday night, the business news outlet Fast Company issued a statement on Twitter addressing notifications sent to users.

“Fast Company’s content management system was hacked on Tuesday evening. As a result, two obscene and racist push notifications were sent to our followers in Apple News about a minute apart,” the company said.

The statement continues, “The messages are vile and are not in line with the content and ethos of Fast Company. We are investigating the situation and have shut down FastCompany.com until the situation has been resolved.”

According to the company, the hack “follows an apparently related hack of FastCompany.com that occurred on Sunday afternoon, when similar language appeared on the site’s home page and other pages.”

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The company “shut down the site that afternoon and restored it about two hours later.”

Concluding the statement, Fast Company said it “regrets that such abhorrent language appeared on our platforms and in Apple News, and we apologize to anyone who saw it before it was taken down.”

Read the statement below:

Apple News also issued a statement on Twitter responding to the incident.

“An incredibly offensive alert was sent by Fast Company, which has been hacked. Apple News has disabled their channel,” the tweet reads.

As of Wednesday morning, it appears the outlet’s website is still down.

CNN noted it was not clear who hacked the website or how severe the hack was.

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