Hackers briefly hijacked The Washington Post's mobile website and displayed messages critical of the news media and Saudi Arabia, according to a security researcher who documented the hack.
Data collected by North Carolina-based computer scientist Kenn White shows no evidence the people responsible used the hack in an attempt to install malware on the devices of people visiting the site. That's a lucky break, since the attackers appeared to have complete control over m.washingtonpost.com for what White estimated was about 30 minutes. Instead, they used their control of the subdomain to display hacktivist messages including "The media is always lying" and "Saudi Arabia and its allies are killing hundreds of Yemens people [sic] every day!"
A Washington Post executive told CNN the page was redirected to a site claiming affiliation with the Syrian Electronic Army hacktivist group. Company engineers were redirecting mobile users to the desktop version of its site as they worked through the problem.