An error message on once dominant but now almost defunct social networking site MySpace early on Friday has been confused with a hack.
Surfers visiting the Myspace.com home page were confronted with a title bar saying “All is wrong ” where “MySpace” would normally appear and a message about puppies and kittens (extract below).
We messed up our code so bad that even puppies and kittens may be in danger. Please turn back … now.
The blogosphere, and even news outlets, such as CNet, quickly concluded that MySpace had been defaced, probably by Anonymous. Rumours of a hack snowballed after a Twitter group affiliated with Anonymous noted the apparent defacement, without admitting responsibility.
However – as The Next Web points out – the quirky error message in question has been used by MySpace for the last two years, so the whole thing is more than likely to be a false alarm.
MySpace has returned to its quiescent (seaside town that’s seen better days) state. The error message in all its glory can this be viewed on a “ready for when something goes wrong” static error page on MySpace’s site here. ®