It’s rare for Fox News and The New York Times
to share any similarities, but what seemed like a hack to Fox News’ website Tuesday turned out to be a similar situation to one the Times
experienced back in August
What people were calling a cyberattack was no attack at all; it was someone inside the organization doing maintenance that caused the problem.
In the Times’ case, the website simply went down for a while. Fox’s mishap was considerably more entertaining. For a portion of Tuesday afternoon, the headline for FoxNews.com’s top story was “Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.” That’s 27 e’s. We counted.
The sub-headline read simply, “Stuff yo.” This was all below a picture of what looked like police gathering on a roadway to respond to an emergency.
Also curious: The date on the site was changed to May 16, 2013, the date that four members of the hacker group Lulzsec were sentenced to prison in London, Mashable
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That’s apparently a coincidence. While the home page was compromised, Fox News issued this tweet:
A few hours later, the network’s chief digital officer, Jeff Misenti, explained further with an official statement:
During routine website maintenance, a home page prototype was accidentally moved to the actual site. As with any mistake in testing, engineers noticed the error and quickly brought the site back to its normal function.
Unfortunately, he did not add, “Stuff yo.” Not on the record, anyway.