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 be viewed on a "ready for when something goes wrong" static error page on MySpace's site here. ®