Hacked New York Post apologizes for 'Heil President' alert

The New York Post issued an apology Sunday on Twitter after an April Fools' Day hack of the Post app resulted in a flurry of push alert notifications including "Heil President Donald Trump!"

"The push alert system for our mobile app was compromised this evening. Please accept our apologies," the Post tweeted early Sunday.

The Trump reference was one in a burst of Post alerts sent late Saturday, possibly aimed at Trump, that included some religious references and a dash of Nirvana. Social media quickly pounced on them, but the notifications lasted just a few minutes.

"In casting truth into the darkness of your shadow, you have gravely sinned...." one of the alerts said. Another, which quoted a line from Nirvana's song from 1991 Come As You Are: “Take your time, hurry up, the choice is yours, but dont be late..."

The alert array concluded: "With Lucid Love, Selah"

The Post quickly sent an alert with an apology. The company said its push notification system had been compromised and that an effort was underway "to resolve the issue."

Trump made no mention of the alerts in his tweets Sunday morning.

Hacks targeting the media are not new. Last month, scores of Twitter accounts from media outlets and celebrities around the world were hacked with Nazi messages in Turkish.  In 2013, The New York Times and The Washington Post websites were hacked on multiple occasions, and in 2014 CNN's main Facebook and Twitter accounts were hacked, along with several other CNN accounts.

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