The MySpace puppies hack that wasn’t

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
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Early on Friday, visitors of the MySpace website were presented with a curious message that left many users believing that the service had been hacked.

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.

When you visit a website as famous as MySpace, and see a message like that, your first thought in a climate of website defacement and Anonymous-style hacks might be that this is just the latest .com to fall victim to an attack.

Rumours spread quickly around the Twittersphere and in early media reports that MySpace had been hacked after an Anonymous-affiliated Twitter account referred to the hack (albeit without claiming responsibility).

However, as The Next Web pointed out, this is a standard…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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