Disneyland’s Instagram and Facebook accounts hacked to post racist content
Disneyland’s Facebook and Instagram accounts were taken over Thursday by a self-proclaimed “super hacker” who posted a series of racist and homophobic messages.
Operating as ‘David Do’, the menacing actor claimed he was seeking ‘revenge’ against Disneyland employees after some of them allegedly insulted him.
“I’m a super hacker who’s here to get revenge on Disneyland […] Who’s the badass now, Jerome? one of the messages read.
The hacker also published articles claiming to have “invented” COVID-19 and suggested that he was working on a new “COVID20” virus.
Overall, the culprit made four posts to Disneyland’s Instagram account before 5 a.m., according to a Disneyland blog post.
“The hacker has also tagged several other Instagram accounts, but it is unclear if they are friends and will help direct law enforcement to the hacker,” Disneyland wrote.
Additionally, he encouraged social media users to follow his private Instagram account @chi11estpanda.
The posts received thousands of comments of shock and outrage from Disney’s 8.4 million subscribers.
Disneyland’s Facebook and Instagram accounts were temporarily removed shortly after the posts went live and were brought back online after the team deleted the posts. Other park social media pages appeared unaffected.
“It is unclear how this person gained access to the Disneyland Instagram account. Was it an unknown hacker or a former employee with access to the credentials?” reads the blog post.
“We have worked quickly to remove objectionable content, secure our accounts, and our security teams are investigating,” Disneyland said in a post update today.
A version of the hacker’s posts with censored profanity and insults is available at the bottom of the Disneyland blog.
The incident comes nearly a year after three Disney theme park employees in Florida were arrested in an operation to catch sexual predators targeting children via the internet.