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FoxNews.com Seemingly Hacked (Or Someone Just Screwed Up Big Time)

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Whoops! Looks like someone found their way into FoxNews.com’s CMS (or an intern pushed an old test page live.)

While it’s still not 100% clear what happened here, our tips inbox just went ablaze as people rushed to point out that something… strange was going on over at FoxNews.com.

“Weeeeeeeee,” pronounced the headline on the front page’s top story. “STUFF YO”, it detailed.

Meanwhile, breaking news alerts at the top of the page spoke of “the living dead” and Apple having announced “Sea Lion” at WWDC 2013, bumpin’ the ol’ WTF meter up a few more notches. Humorously, these were/are both totally real Fox News stories – they were just weeks old, and sans context (“World Zombie Day” being an annual zombie fan outing, “Sea Lion” being a passing gag made during an Apple announcement) were particularly nonsensical.

Despite lookin’ and smellin’ a whole lot like a hack, Fox’s twitter account chalks it up to “internal production issues”.

Update: Looks like they got it fixed.

As you may have seen, FoxNews.com is having issues. It's an internal production problem and will be fixed soon. #FoxNews-
Fox News (@FoxNews) November 05, 2013

Update #2: A new comment from Fox News strengthens the intern-screwup theory:

“During routine website maintenance, a home page prototype was accidently 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.”

Aaaand that’s why you use Lorem Ipsum.

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