Hackers hijack radio stations to air a furry podcast

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Within the sort of story we should always in all probability get used to listening to, Ars Technica digs into an incident Tuesday morning the place somebody redirected a number of radio stations together with KIFT and KXAX to broadcast an archived episode of a NSFW podcast for the furry group. It isn’t clear who was accountable, however it seems to be linked to a coordinated effort to compromise Barix bins many radio stations use to stream content material for broadcasts. As we have seen with safety cameras, child screens, automobiles and different related units, if one thing is left uncovered to the broader web with a default or weak password, hackers can and doubtless will entry it.

This morning, our distant encoders that ship audio to our transmitter website was hacked. We need to appologize to anybody…

Posted by Texas 104.three & 102.5 – KXAX on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Discovering these units is as straightforward as utilizing the Shodan search engine that indexes what’s related to the web and the place. In response to Radio Perception, engineers wanted to do a tough reset simply to regain management over their very own hardware. Whereas radio stations at the moment are getting recommendation on securing their hardware, it is actually a warning related to any units we hook up with our networks.