Jewtropolis: New York City renamed in anti-Semitic cyber attack
New York City was briefly renamed “Jewtropolis” in mapping software used by Snapchat, Foursquare, The Weather Channel, Citi Bike and others.
Mapbox, a provider of digital map technology, said it suffered a “malicious edit” by a person who tried to make multiple changes to its maps’ data.
Mapbox called it an act of “hate speech” but added that the issue had been resolved “within an hour”.
“Our team deleted and removed that information,” the firm said in a blog post.
It added that the “malicious edit” was made by an unnamed source that attempted “several other hateful edits” which were not successful.
The firm explained that its AI system flags more than 7,000 map changes a day, which are sent for human review.
A “human error” in the manual part of the review process led to the incident, it explained.