Reuters’ blogging platform has been hacked for the second time in two weeks, and this time false news that Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal had died was posted on one of the journalists’ blog.
Reuters confirmed that the story was not posted by the journalist, that the news was completely untrue, and that they are working to solve the situation.
It is believed that the attackers behind this latest hack might be the same ones who managed to hack the blogging platform and hijack one of Reuters’ Twitter accounts earlier this month, given that the false news posted then and now would benefit only the current Syrian government and President Bashar al-Assad.
Both incidents are being investigated, Stuff reports.
After the first hack it has been revealed that Reuters still used an older version of WordPress which has several publicly known security issues, and that it was probably how the attackers managed to get it.
I sincerely hope that between then and now Reuters has updated the software. Still, if they did, that means that this time the hackers must have used another tactic.