Mainstream pop radio station in United States hacked by hackers to air sexually explicit FurCast
A mainstream pop radio station with across the United States reach was hacked by hackers. The pop radio station which usually belts out top billboard songs which heard spewing NSFW content. This week, however, listeners expecting to hear chart hits as they tuned in to Colorado’s KIFT were treated to sexually explicit podcast about “furry” culture known as the FurCast.
The hackers managed to hack into KIFT and also into a Texas-based country station KXAX. Both the stations then started airing FurCast to a report from Ars Technica. KXAX owner Jason Mclelland told Ars that the hosts of the podcast “talked about sex with two guys and a girl in explicit detail and rambled on with vulgar language.”
According to Ars, the hacking was don using a exploit linked to Barix Box transmission devices. An advisory from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters states that, for some time, the culprits had been amassing passwords, which were used to redirect the receiver to the desired podcast, before the login was changed in order to necessitate a manual reset.
The group behind FurCast has corroborated this story, noting that their streaming server was inundated with requests identified as coming from a Barix streaming client, but the podcast hosts do not claim to be behind the attack and claim they have no knowledge about why it took place. It remains to be seen whether the podcast will experience an increase in its audience thanks to this national exposure.
The federal authorities have already cautioned local radio stations using Barix Boxes to tighten their security. Two of the devices targeted in this attack are thought to have been protected by relatively weak six-character passwords.