Hackers Wreak Radio Havoc With Obscene Anti-Trump Song

Oldies station in South Carolina latest be hit with YG and Nipsey Hussle broadside

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Here’s a reminder of the vulnerabilities of a wired media world.

Per a Facebook message posted by the parent company of Salem, S.C. radio station Sunny 107.9 FM, it is because the company relies on Internet-connected antennas that hackers were able to commandeer the signal Monday night and substitute a loop of the YG and Nipsey Hussle rap song “F*ck Donald Trump.” The newie played on the oldies station uninterrupted for around 15 minutes before the intrusion was dealt with.

From that aforementioned  Facebook message by Lake Keowee Broadcast Group president Frank Patterson:

This is NOT our broadcast! We at WFBS do not take political views! … We have captured the IP address and that will be forwarded to the government authorities and the FCC for prosecution.

Per a follow-up item today on RT.com, the looping of “FDT” into radio station signals has been a broader occurrence. In each case, it appears the lack of sufficient security protocols on the Barix Exstreamer device has been exploited:

Radio stations in Nashville, Louisville, Evansville, Ind. and San Angelo, Texas have [also] been hacked since Trump’s inauguration.

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@hollywoodspin rhorgan@gmail.com Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
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