McCain’s MySpace Page Hacked

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Josh points out a curious prank pulled on McCain in his MySpace profile. First spied by TechCrunch the following appeared today on the page:

Today I announce that I have reversed my position and come out in full support of gay marriage. Particularly marriage between passionate females.

Oooh, can’t you just see the steam coming out of his ears when he saw that this morning. Well, apparently it’s his own doing, or his staff’s anyway. The story goes, as of now, that the designer of the page’s template, Newsvine Founder and CEO Mike Davidson, was pissed that McCain staffers didn’t give him credit on the page. Plus, Davidson ends up paying for the bandwidth used from page views on the site. So, as the guy in control he turned the tables for a time, replacing contact info with McCain’s “announcement.”

That’s what happens when you piggyback on existing technology and templates. You open yourself up to pranks that end with your very own cursive signature.

It’s just too bad that Davidson’s comments weren’t a touch more tasteful. Leave it at the first sentence and he would have gotten a lot more cheers. Instead he had to go all mud-wrestling fantasy and turn what is a very serious message, into a frat-house joke.

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