(Right Country) – Some hackers have caused a real tizzy for Silicon Valley leftists as they flooded over a dozen popular subreddits on Reddit.com with pro-Trump content Friday. Not only did they hack in and spam these popular subreddits with pro-Trump messages they were also clearly foreigners and likely Chinese as the hacking happened just days after President Trump signed an executive order to bring an end to the Chinese ownership of the popular video app Tik Tok.
Some of the subreddits that got hacked have millions of followers like r/space and r/food which combined have over 36 million followers.
Business Insider reports:
A Reddit spokesperson told Business Insider in an email that “an investigation is underway related to a series of vandalized communities. It appears the source of the attacks were compromised moderator accounts. We are working to lock down those accounts and restore impacted communities.”
A Reddit post lists the subreddits that are affected, which include r/Avengers and r/bannedfromclubpenguin, which both display pro-Trump content at the time of writing. However, not all of the subreddits have the Trump banners displayed on their pages. For example, r/49ers and r/nfl are among the subreddits listed to have been compromised, but the headers on their pages do not display the pro-Trump icons.
A post r/Black Mirror shows that the subreddit was at one point compromised and showing the pro-Trump icon, though its header now displays the TV show title.
Reddit is the third social network to be on the receiving end of a hack in recent weeks, following Twitter and YouTube, although they all seemed to have different motives.
As Newswars points out, the hack comes just three weeks after a teenage hacker allegedly gained entry to the Twitter accounts of some of the most wealthy and powerful people in the world and tried to scam people into sending him Bitcoin.
“Do you know what rhymes with Donald Trump? America. Greatness in America only comes from Donald Trump. Donald Trump,” one of the messages posted to several subreddits said. “Donald Trump (唐纳德·特朗普) is the best, greatest, premier of the peoples Republic of the United States of Ameria [sic]. Batman, was a billionaire. Do you know what Superman was too? Batman. All four were Batman. You know who else was and still IS a billionaire? Donald Trump. Donald Trump is such a good President that he is best friends to the superior China (Peoples Republic of).”
An image posted to some of the subreddits shows an American flag with Chinese writing all over it.
The image and the message written in Chinese caused some internet users to become suspicious of the hack.
YouTuber and political activist Tim Pool said the cyberattack “reeks of Chinese PsyOp.”
Pool thinks the timing of the hack is curious because it comes just one day after President Trump signed two executive orders banning the Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat.
Interestingly, one of the executive orders mentions the Chinese company Tencent, which invested $150 million in Reddit in 2019.