Hackers Target Local Radio Stations on Inauguration Day, Play ‘F*ck Donald Trump’ on Repeat

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By Jillian Kay Melchior | 3:07 pm, January 23, 2017

Shortly after Donald Trump was inaugurated, several small radio stations nationwide found themselves hacked, an obscene anti-Trump song playing on repeat.

Recorded by rap artists YG and Nipsey Hussle, the song’s chorus repeats, “F*** Donald Trump.” The tune played on repeat for 20 minutes in Kentucky and about 30 minutes in Texas, also reportedly airing on several other stations in Tennessee, Indiana, Washington and California.

Kathy Weisbach, founder and president of Kentucky’s Crescent Hill Radio WCHQ 100.9 FM, tells Heat Street that most of the stations hacked were low-power community FM radio stations that used a Barix Exstreamer device.

“Other stations that it happened to have contacted me, and we all used the same device, and none of us had set a password to the device,” Weisbach said. “My bad, as I had done other security measures at the tower and the studio but failed to password protect this device. You can bet it is now.”

Weisbach and her seven staffers all work at the radio station as volunteers. She said they had to go off-air for about four hours as they worked to figure out how to stop the anti-Trump song from playing on repeat.

Crescent Hill Radio also posted on Facebook about the hacking, assuring listeners that the profanity-laced song wasn’t their doing. “OK, not funny,” said one of the radio station’s posts, which has since been removed.

Glenn Ford of the San Angelo, Texas, Sunday Morning Glory Radio’s 100.5 KCGF-LP said he couldn’t figure out how to turn off the broadcast, either.

“It was on my Barix Box at the transmitter,” Ford said in an email. “I had to call the Barix guys for help, and when they finally figured out how to cut it off, the ‘NASTY’ song had played over and over again.”

According to Radio Insight, this isn’t the first time small community radio stations have seen their Barix devices hacked. Last April, hackers took over the devices and broadcast “audio of an explicit podcast about furry sex,” the publication reported at the time.