REPORTS circulated on August 16, 2021, that the Wikipedia website was hacked, leaving many visitors confused.
An author published a tweet claiming that the website had been taken over by an external body, however, some people did not see what they were witnessing. Here’s what we know about the “hack”.
Was Wikipedia hacked?
Author Ann Coulter posted a print screen of the Wikipedia website with a giant swastika covering a page on actress Edie Sedgwick.
The author wrote: “Wow – go to Wikipedia now! Looks like it’s been hacked.”
Sedgwick was an actress and model who died in 1971.
She was best known for being one of Andy Warhol’s superstars. It is unclear why her page was targeted.
Other people who visited the site complained that different pages had been hacked, including the homepage and the profile of Johnny Depp.
However, the apparent hack seemed to last just a few minutes as several people who rushed to the website said that they did not see the same thing.
“Maybe it’s your computer,” one user wrote, posting a screenshot of the page they were viewing that did not include the offensive logo.
Another wrote “didn’t see that,” with another user adding “mine’s fine”.
It is unclear who allegedly hacked into the site and how long it lasted, however, as of 10am ET the site appeared to be back to normal.
The Sun has reached out to Wikipedia for comment.
What did people say about the Wikipedia hack?
People on social media reacted to the apparent hack, even though it seemed as if it was over quickly.
Twitter user, Jofa_86, wrote: “Seems as if Wikipedia was hacked a while ago.”
Another person wrote: “Is Wikipedia hacked? Getting this pop up. #wikipedia #hack.”
The use then shared a screenshot of the symbol covering a page.