Foxnews.com goof up pushes headline a bit premature

Earlier today, a story on the front page of Foxnews.com made it appear that the site had been compromised. While the page was up for some time with the headline story being ‘WEEEEEEEEEE’ with the subtitle of ‘Stuff Yo’, Fox states that it was an internal publishing issue and that the site was not compromised.

While it is good that the site was not hacked (even though that would be a more acceptable reasoning) it is highly embarrassing when these sort of things happen as it represents a breakdown of controls at Foxnews.

Publishing errors do happen (we here at Neowin have had our fair share) and on the backend, they are never fun to deal with. What is odd about goof up at Foxnews is how long the filler articles remained on the front page before being yanked.

To make it clear, it was first reported that the site might have been hacked but that is not the case. The site published a bunch of content that was likely filler for testing to the live site.

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As usual, I believe Fox are lying. The whole front page was littered with parody headlines, it wasn't just one article.

Typical, assume something because of a personal bias. All the other headlines (besides "WEEEEE..") are not parodies there are all actual events. I know without having to look it up:

Worldwide Zombie Day is an actual event that has bee going on for over 5 years.
Botched anti-led system is a true story
Maverick Sea Lion was announced a WWDC
Older Americans oppose Social Security changes

Believe me, if it was a hack it was fixed and the hole was plugged. So it was wasted what for "WEEE"? I believe it was an idiot move by and admin with bad back-end test or someone with publishing/admin rights who was playing around with the staging site (showing off to a girlfriend) and pushed it live by mistake. You know, like those people that send emails to everyone on their list or who think the microphone is off.

That's the most reliable and truthful headlines I've read in that site in years. They shouldn't be ashamed of this.

xankazo said,
That's the most reliable and truthful headlines I've read in that site in years. They shouldn't be ashamed of this.

This

Yay, another Linux Apache site exploited.

Hacking 101
#1 Find Apache flaw
#2 Hope the OS is Linux that doesn't run Apache in protected mode

Success

As if switchology errors don't happen on other sites (news or otherwise). Howewver, because it's the left's favorite "whipping post" (Fox News), it gets LOLs galore. At least the reporter of this post DID point out that not only is the issue far from unique to Fox News, but that it's happened to Neowin itself - the reporter has shown themselves to be classier than most of the commenters.

Lord Method Man said,
Obviously. You don't go through the trouble of hacking a major news website just to change one headline to "WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"

Agreed. At least put up a "Faux News" logo or something a bit funnier. There are so many better ways to poke fun at Fox news than "Weeeeeeee"...

Lord Method Man said,
Obviously. You don't go through the trouble of hacking a major news website just to change one headline to "WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"

Yea it looks internal to me too. Probably some writer putting in test/filler content and making it live by accident.

I don't believe this was a publishing issue, there were too many indications all over the site of shenanigans. I wish I would have pulled the code source down while I had the chance. D'oh

Doesn't look like an external hack to me, why would you risk yourself and spend hours hacking it to just write, weeeeee stuff yo.

Gaffney said,
Doesn't look like an external hack to me, why would you risk yourself and spend hours hacking it to just write, weeeeee stuff yo.

Well...if it was hacked, to test to see if their exploit actually worked. Now they have a back door in which to plant a nice ticking time bomb.

Spicoli said,
It was also only a few things on a single page which kind of tells me someone accidently clicked publish on a page they were playing around with.

That'll be the last time they do a bring your kid to work day.

Lord Method Man said,

except there was no hacking

Yeah, it doesn't seem to be the case so much but the author apparently thought as much originally. So there's my postulation on the reason why it was posted here.

So taking down websites, putting immature messages, and defacing companies makes Anonymous "rulz"?

Doesn't really apply to this article as it was shown that it was a mistake.

The fact that people still think anonymous is a group of people makes me wonder if they ever know where this anonymous is coming from