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March 28, 2007

John McCain's Staff Hacked His MySpace

Posted by Kevin D. Hendricks | Filed under: Technology

Like many presidential candidates, Republican John McCain has his own MySpace page. His staff even used the same MySpace design template we use on our Personality™ MySpace page.

But John McCain's staff made some major mistakes, effectively leaving the page open to hacking. They failed to give the required credit and they didn't follow the instructions and used the sample template graphic instead of creating their own. Even worse, they linked to the original source file, a bigtime no-no among techie folk (it's akin to plugging your extension cord into your neighbor's outlet).

When the creator of the MySpace design template realized what was happening, he decided to pull a little prank, changing the sample template graphic on his server so it announced a major reversal in John McCain's politics: "I have reversed my position and come out in full support of gay marriage... particularly marriage between passionate females."

Oops. McCain and company end up looking stupid. If you're going to use new technology, you better play by the rules. And if you don't know the rules, you better learn them.


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