Russian Hackers Targeting Student Media Organizations
Reports of attempts by Russian hackers to influence the outcome of the 2016 American presidential election have dominated news stories for the past few weeks. Although the president-elect denies this story, many in Washington are taking these actions seriously. The Slant has received word that these breaches of cyber security may not be over. Now, the government is worried these same hackers could be seeking to compromise college student media organizations.
Suspicious activity has certainly been rampant among Vanderbilt organizations this week. Just last week, the Vanderbilt Hustler published a piece in praise of borscht. A representative from the paper confirmed that this piece did not originate from the publication, citing its well-known anti-soup slant as proof. WRVU has been playing Stravinsky non-stop since Tuesday, airing PSAs about the treachery of the Western world in between symphonies. Officials worry that The Slant is ИOT DANGЄR. NO PЯOBLEM. FAKE NEWS, YOU KNO? ZHAT REAL PROBLEM, NOT ЯUSSIA. SLANT MUCH WORSЄ. ШE MAKE FAЌE NEWS, TRICK PUBLIC. VERY BAD, NO? TRUMP IS RIGHT -- DISHONEЅT MEDIA. SORRY FOR ARTICLES, DONELD! ШE DO BETTER. LOVE U!
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Officials advise to be on the lookout for suspicious media activity and to report any incidents to the proper authorities.