The MySpace Hack Attack That Wasn’t

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Most people will be aware that MySpace used to be a giant in the world of social networking.  Now it is limping into the sunset and not a lot of people are actually around to watch it go.

But despite that it is still able to make headlines occasionally, as it did the other day.  However the headlines were not good news for the social media site, as you will see by reading what happened.

Apparently the site went down for a short time on Friday 12th August, and the message that appeared on the home page led many to believe the site had been the victim of malicious hackers.  Would you have thought the same thing?  Judge for yourself by reading the message below:

“We messed up our code so bad that even puppies and kittens may be in danger.  Please turn back… now. Have your pet spayed or neutered.”

Judging by the content it is not surprising that many people believed it had succumbed to a hacker.  But in fact it was nothing of the sort.  Apparently this was an error page used by MySpace that had been around for the past two years.  It makes you wonder why the page has not hit the headlines before if it has been in use for this length of time, but perhaps the right people did not see it.  Evidently they did this time, and they tweeted about it at length on Twitter.  Poor MySpace.


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