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Disneyland Instagram account hacked, displaying explicit posts

The hacker's posts all featured explicit language, with some making joking references to COVID-19.
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FILE - In this Friday, April 30, 2021, file photo, visitors exit The Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. California will offer six "dream vacation" incentives to spur more people to get coronavirus vaccinations, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday, June 14, 2021, on the eve of the state's awarding of $15 million in cash prizes. Goodies in the package include floor seats at an NBA game with the LA Lakers, and tickets to Disneyland, Legoland, SeaWorld and a symphony, he said. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

WASHINGTON — The official Instagram account for Disneyland appears to have been hacked, posting a series of photos including memes and selfies of the supposed hacker. 

The four non-sanctioned posts, as well as posts on the page's Instagram Live story, were all made within an hour early Thursday morning. All were signed by "David Do," with one post linking to a private Instagram account with a profile picture of the same person featured in the hacker's selfies. 

The hacked messages were deleted shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday.

The hacker's posts all featured explicit language, with some making joking references to COVID-19. Two other accounts were tagged by the hacker in different posts, but it's unclear if those accounts are connected to the hack. 

"I am a super hacker that is here to bring revenge upon Disney land. I am ----- tired of all these ------- Disney employees mocking me for having a small -----. WHO'S THE TOUGH GUY NOW JEROME?" the caption on one post read.

It's unclear if Disney was able to regain control of the account or if the hacker deleted the posts while remaining logged on. 

None of Disneyland's other accounts appear to have been affected. Some reports on social media claim the company's Facebook account was also hacked, but those reports could not be verified. 

Attempts to contact the hacker were unsuccessful Thursday morning. It's not clear if they will face legal repercussions for the stunt. 

In a statement, Disney officials confirmed the hack and denounced the messages posted by the hacker. 

“Disneyland Resort’s Facebook and Instagram accounts were compromised early this morning," a Disney official wrote. "We worked quickly to remove the reprehensible content, secure our accounts, and our security teams are conducting an investigation.”

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