back to article The wheels come off Formula 1's notification service as fans plied with attacker's messages

The world of Formula 1 racing was livened up over the weekend as the sport's official app sent out some unexpected notifications on the eve of the Austrian Grand Prix. The first simply said "foo" and was followed by another saying "Hmmmm, I should check my security.. :)" Users of both Android and iOS versions of the app …

  1. Medieval Research Council

    I got this on two devices, both with push notifications off. Expected the first "foo" to be followed by "bar" and then "baz".

  2. Red Ted Silver badge
    Go

    Given the opportunity, what would you have said?

    If you were the originator of the “foo” comment, what would you have put out instead?

    I quite like the idea of contrasting the old and the new… “John Surtees was better than Lewis Hamilton because he did it on two wheels as well as four” or “Given a modern car, Fangio would win”.

    Suggestions on a postcard to the usual address.

    1. Korev Silver badge
      Coat

      Re: Given the opportunity, what would you have said?

      Foo-el perhaps?

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Given the opportunity, what would you have said?

      Bring back the manual gearboxes.

      Sort the Fangios from the Pretty-boys.

    3. ZekeStone

      Re: Given the opportunity, what would you have said?

      "If you were the originator of the “foo” comment, what would you have put out instead?"

      NASCAR IS GR8!!!!

    4. DryBones

      Re: Given the opportunity, what would you have said?

      Foo me once, shame on you. Foo me twice...

    5. scign
      Holmes

      Re: Given the opportunity, what would you have said?

      "Is it just me or do they just drive around in circles for two hours?"

  3. W.S.Gosset Silver badge

    They should have implemented a foo bar

    That is all.

  4. macjules Silver badge

    Oops

    ConfentFul security config issue methinks?

  5. PerlyKing Silver badge
    Joke

    Security FUBAR?

    That is all.

  6. Oh Matron!

    APNS

    Have worked with APNS in the past, and sending a message is not trivial.

    Apple, rightly, have a couple of barriers in place, to prevent miscreants from hijacking it. Knowing the unique (to that application) ID to send a message to is one thing. And there's rate limiting on that API

    This looks like some internal testing, given the Foo. If it's not, then there's been a breach.

  7. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    "Or perhaps the announcement that Nigel Mansell or Nelson Piquet were once again on pole."

    Announce that Verstappen had been disqualified and Norris's 5 second penalty had been cancelled. That really would have caused uproar.

    1. John Robson Silver badge

      Cancelling the five second penalty would not result in uproar... go round the outside there and expect to be run out of road.

      The only thing the stewards got right was being consistent and penalising perez twice as well

      1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

        Combine the two and work out what the result would have been.

  8. IGotOut Silver badge

    Should of been...

    "Watch Formula E... More exciting. "

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Should of been...

      I have to downvote you. I’ve tried, I just can’t get into Formula E

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        Re: Should of been...

        The only clip I saw of F-E was a street circuit that looked barely wide enough for one car to pass another. Maybe the rest of the circuit was wider? If not, I'd image it's not too exciting.

    2. gandalfcn Silver badge

      Re: Should of been...

      Bollocks.

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