An Eternal Hall of Fame NSFW spam An event happened this week: a hacker broke into a school messaging app to send a picture of a man’s gaping sphincter to parents of young schoolchildren across the country.
The episode in question seesaw, an “interactive learning platform” and messaging app that helps elementary schools communicate with parents and students. Seesaw’s slogan, used by districts across the country, is “Elevate Learning in Elementary.” The firms website says it has a monthly user base of more than 10 million teachers, students and family members.
Typically, the app is used by teachers and administrators to share lesson plans, school updates, and other important information. But this weekHer parents across the country received messages that contained something very different: a picture of a man bending over and spreading his buttocks and hole wide open. NBC originally reported the incident and motherboard later uncovered the type of shared image. It is believed the picture may have been sent to parents in states that far away ColoradoIllinois, Pennsylvania, MichiganMinnesota, KansasSouth Dakota and new York.
On Wednesday, Seesaw released a brief statement confirming that it had been hacked. “We have been made aware that a link to an inappropriate image was shared via the Seesaw news feature. It appears that certain accounts were compromised by an outside actor,” the company said tweeted. After becoming aware of the issue, Seesaw temporarily disabled its messaging feature to stop further dissemination of the vile image. The function has been activated again since Thursday.
In other updates, Seesaw has further clarified that the company itself was not hacked, but that individual user accounts (presumably teachers or administrators) were compromised via a coordinated attack authorization filling Attack. Seesaw said that “publicly available compromised emails/passwords reused across services” were used by the hackers to log into specific accounts and send the explicit image.
It’s not entirely clear who is responsible for this rampant madness, but one thing is certain: Seesaws Twitter account was inundated with complaints from seemingly angry parents. “This was horrific and I hope you can let all users know how it happened and what measures have been taken to prevent it from happening again,” he said a user.
“How will you help clear the name of the innocent people whose integrity has been tarnished by this?” asked another hilariously.
Another user summed things up well: “Asshole pics are sent via seesaw. Don’t open it unless you want to see an asshole up close.”
The trend of cybercriminals hacking schools to share NSFW material is well known. Hackers often infiltrate Zoom meetings or school district websites to share them porn and other offensive material.
In this particular case motherboard reports that the picture shared with the parents appears to have been the infamous “goat” meme. Don’t know what that is? Here’s a quick refresher.
Goat is an old “shock site‘, which originally launched in 1999; The site just said “Hello” and showed a picture of an asshole spread open. Shock sites, which typically feature a single, gross image or video, were quite popular in the mid-2000s (see “meat clip‘ for another example). At some point, Goatse became a meme and was widely shared across the internet. The developers behind the original website also eventually attempted to turn the image into a cryptocurrency token. In 2017, the site began promoting the launch of a “goatse coin,” though it’s unclear if that token ever actually materialized. The site has flirted with other Web3 endeavors over the years and appears to have launched one NFT collection Sometime.
It’s unclear how many people were spammed with the infamous asshole pic, so we reached out to Seesaw to try and get more information about the incident. We’ll update this story if they reply.