Hackers Hijack Reddit Mod Accounts to Post Pro-Trump Messages - 2020-08-07

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F0.png Hackers Hijack Reddit Mod Accounts to Post Pro-Trump Messages August 7, 2020, Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Vice News

Hackers took control of more than a dozen subreddits, including the popular r/space and r/food—with 17 and 19 million subscribers respectively—to post pro-Trump messages and change the design, graphics, and headers of the pages, according to multiple users who spotted the hijacked subreddits.

It's unclear how hackers managed to pull off this massive coordinated hack. A Reddit spokesperson said that "an investigation is underway related to a series of vandalized communities."

"It appears the source of the attacks were compromised moderator accounts. We are working to lock down those accounts and restore impacted communities," the spokesperson said in an email.

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{{cite news | first = Lorenzo | last = Franceschi-Bicchierai | title = Hackers Hijack Reddit Mod Accounts to Post Pro-Trump Messages | url = https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/y3zx7g/hackers-hijack-reddit-pro-trump-messages | work = Vice News | date = August 7, 2020 | accessdate = August 8, 2020 }}