TJ Maxx is an off-price department store known for their incredible deals, but the posts they were making on Facebook this Sunday were not exactly what the store is known for. Hackers got a hold of their page and started spamming it with links.
Other links that popped up on the Facebook page were “Things You Should Never Do To Your Private Parts.” Twitter users started posting screenshots of the hacked Facebook page. “@tjmaxx Go home your FB is drunk,” @girl_censored wrote next to a collage of screenshots.
Whether it was because they thought it was funny, or figured it was the best way to lure people to click their links, the hackers used sensationalized clickbait titles such as this one: “Smelly Vaginas Are Ruining Your Life.”
If people clicked on the links they were redirected to a site called o2viral.com, which is actually inactive, so the motive for the hack is not exactly clear. “Quick, head over to TJ MAXX FB page. They were hacked and its hilarious #timetochangeyourpassword,” @Ricashay24 wrote on Twitter.
Besides articles that used “#smelly” and “#vagina” there was one that promised to show people how to avoid getting pregnant without using a condom. “Condoms are not the only way to avoid pregnancy, and while they do protect against STDs, there are other methods you [c]an use with a long time committed partner,” the article’s description read.
There were an assortment of articles posted including one that promised to show how to better combat weight loss. Meanwhile, people on Twitter were having a field day at the department store’s expense.
Unfortunately, for those on Twitter reveling in the online security disaster, the hack finally came to an end. If it was not for so many people on Twitter alerting them to the Facebook hijack who knows how long it would have lasted?!
After they deleted the links from the hackers TJ Maxx addressed the issue. “Thanks to all for letting us know our page was compromised. We appreciate it,” they wrote on their Facebook page once it was cleaned up. We’re pretty sure users would’ve loved it if they had let the hackers post more stuff!