Early this morning, social media users visiting Disneyland’s official Instagram and Facebook pages were shocked to see them filled with a number of offensive images and messages, including racial slurs. Unfortunately, it took about an hour for the images and messages to be taken down, and Disneylanders flooded the comments sections, showing their outrage and disappointment. Across its media platforms, Disneyland’s official accounts have more than 8 million followers.
It was quickly confirmed that the sites had been hacked by a “super hacker” who called himself David Do. Do first posted around 3:50 a.m., saying that he was “super hacker that is here to bring revenge upon Disney land”. From there, the posts only got worse, as Disney’s IT department worked to take them down as quickly as possible. Luckily, things are back to normal and Disneyland’s social media accounts are once again sharing fun pictures and stories from The Happiest Place on Earth.
In the wake of the hack, Disney has released the following statement:
“Disneyland Resort’s Facebook and Instagram accounts were compromised early this morning. We worked quickly to remove the reprehensible content, secure our accounts, and our security teams are conducting an investigation.”
Not much is known about Do at this time, but in his posts, he claimed to have invented COVID-19. He then said that he was working on a deadlier version called COVID-20. He also said that he blamed the entire thing on Wuhan so that he wouldn’t get into trouble. The rest of his posts were filled with racial epithets and slurs.
Even though we don’t know much at this time, Disney has some of the best people in the world as a part of its security team, so you can be sure that they will know more in just the next few days. Once Disney finds out more about the hacker and where he can be located, it would not be surprising to see them press charges against him if they are able to.