As you can see in the image below, the Fox News website published some interesting headlines on Tuesday. On Twitter, a majority of those talking about the issue speculated that the website's new look was related to something criminal. A spokesperson for FoxNews said the changes were accidental.
The accidental defacement became visible to the public at about 2:30 p.m. EST, and remained for just over half-an-hour. The website that appeared was a reloaded version of the homepage from May 16, but with the addition of older news alerts, a warning about zombies, and the joyful caption of "Weeeeeeeeee" under what would have been live video.
As mentioned, the alert that "World Zombie Day" is going to bring out the living dead wasn't a hack, it was "an internal production problem..."
"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," FoxNews' Jeff Misenti explained in a statement.
This bit of amusement can serve as an example. Even if the development systems are separated from the live environment, it's best to keep an eye on the production system, because if there is even the slightest chance of something going wrong, it will.