At some point in the early afternoon on Thursday, hackers apparently hijacked the website of the Harvard Crimson, the campus’s daily paper, plastering the site’s front page with some supremely good trolling of the Facebook CEO. Existing articles on the site were replaced with headlines like “MARK ZOINKERBURG AT IT AGAIN” and “BREAKING: Mork Zinkletink Zonks all over the Internet!”
The Crimson’s website has been up and down this afternoon, periodically going offline. At the moment, it appears that some of the fake articles have been taken down, but others still appear on the site. The hackers appear to have access to the back-end CMS of the Crimson website, although it doesn’t appear that they published new articles, just over-wrote the existing articles on the page with satirical headlines and body text, usually just a few words.
You can tell what the original articles are by looking at the URLs. For instance, this article, “UH OH: Fakebook A Big Grand Hoax Say Fast Kayaking Winklekrux Twins,” has a URL of “article/2017/5/23/postdocs-experience-commencement/“
A student answering the phone in the Crimson newsroom quickly told Inverse “We don’t care to comment right now,” and hung up (which, honestly, as a former college newspaper nerd is probably what I would have done).
But the paper’s president, Derek Choi, gave a statement to Gizmodo:
Earlier today, The Harvard Crimson’s website was altered by an unauthorized user. We are currently working to repair the breach. We regret any inconvenience to our users and look forward to the rest of Commencement.
Here’re some other highlights:
Here’s one of the real banner pieces, which is just a perfect example of trolling, seeing as Zuckerberg’s upcoming commencement speech is the example of a giant op-ed that he’s been hyping up for weeks.
It looks like the Crimson has been able to remove most of the fake articles, but not all of them, and the website is still in and out.
Outstanding work, everyone. If you are the anonymous hacker or hackers, please, please email me at email@example.com, or DM me on Twitter for secure contact info, if you’re worried about Zuckervengeance.