Steve Hofmeyr's Wiki page hacked

2012-11-12 14:27
Cape Town - Steve Hofmeyr's Wikipedia page was hacked on Monday.

Steve Hofmeyr's bio on the popular online encyclopedia was edited for a brief period on Monday and referred to the South African singer as "a prominent member of the Mormon Church split group, known as The Morons, who believe members should conceive as many children with as many women as possible".

The page also contained various other fake details about the singer and actor.

"He moonlights as the popular drag queen, Eugèníè, in an act involving horses and pumpkins."

This seems to be a reference to one of Hofmeyr's most popular songs titled Pampoen (which translates to pumpkin in English).

The edited entry also had fun with Hofmeyr's pro-Afrikaner stance. 

"In addition, Hofmeyr is the honorary chairman of Avrikaanirs met Leer Probleeme (Afrikaners with Learning Disabilities), which he often consults for ideas for his songs and lyrics."

Not bothered

Hofmeyr wrote on his Twitter page that this happens "almost weekly".

The page has since been rectified and the humorous yet incorrect 'facts' have been removed.

This is a screengrab of what the page looked like before being fixed.



If you had to edit anyone's Wikipedia page, what would you say about them? Send us your funny entries and you could be published!


Comments

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-11-12 14:35

    Not too far from the truth.

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-11-12 19:13

      And how did they miss his head?

      frederik.vanas - 2012-11-12 21:35

      he will always be Bruce Beyers to me.....

  • lulama - 2012-11-12 14:53

    It is true though

  • helen.riding - 2012-11-12 14:56

    The correct term would be vandalized not hacked. Anyone can edit Wikipedia.

      djcakecoza - 2012-11-13 09:33

      True. This is so common on News24 lately... the headlines are sensationalist fiction and the stories don't support them. Another example is the one about Oscar Pistorius being "slammed" by his ex.

      Jfc Fuller - 2013-12-20 07:57

      Exactly, Free Your Mind. But "Hacked" would get more readers.

  • evanknowles - 2012-11-12 15:01

    Hacked, as in his entry on a website where anyone is allowed to edit was edited?

      tiaan.fourie - 2012-11-12 15:08

      Exactly! Must be one of the Mac "geniuses" that wrote this article.

      thembelani.masikane - 2012-11-12 15:19

      I guess it's safe to say that is just a mistake, Wikipedia can not be hacked or should I say it was not hacked in this case but edited.

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-11-12 17:54

      @tiaan - Hahaha! Awesome... and so true

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-12 15:02

    Boring and lame. I don't like the guy, but still. Whoever did that, is clearly bored with life.

      penny.stone.589 - 2012-11-13 01:31

      Nah, whom ever did it has just got a wicked sense of humour LOL.

  • kyle.brockmann - 2012-11-12 15:06

    "Hacked"? But... but... It has an edit button? It's, like, right there on the page!

  • JManAtheoi - 2012-11-12 15:09

    Hahhahaa! Funny.

  • magwaza.mfundo - 2012-11-12 15:13

    News24 dont you have anymore news?? We dont need to know about what happens in the life of that racist!!

      ryan.p.lewis.56 - 2012-11-12 15:18

      So we should have no news about any of our politicians either then..

      thembelani.masikane - 2012-11-12 15:29

      Mfundo this is a gossip section, I suggest you go somewhere else. Oh and you're a racist too!

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-11-12 15:45

      Fake facebook page like the rest of the racist trolls on here! Its a gossip page you fool!

      phahla.matwa - 2012-11-12 15:53

      Who cares bloody racist

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-11-12 19:45

      You do know that it takes a racist to know a racist? Must be one of fatboy's agents for change...

  • Mandiana - 2012-11-12 15:13

    Who cares about that douchbag

      merven.halo - 2012-11-12 16:52

      Clearly you.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-11-12 19:46

      Particularly if you get upset by him. Like all the other supporters of Honorable Comrade Pugface and his band of misfits who claim songs like De La Rey (and consequently Bok van Blerk and other artists like Hofmeyr) are racist - when the songs aren't even about black people, but other WHITE people.

  • melt.olckers - 2012-11-12 15:25

    I have an issue with people making fun of persons with learning disabilities.

  • tobydt - 2012-11-12 15:29

    Its not HACKING if you just EDIT it.

  • mikelle.jackson.94 - 2012-11-12 15:30

    great stuff .....they should of hacked him though

  • jigg.head - 2012-11-12 15:49

    But he is a moron. Whoever put the drivel that is up there now must be the real hacker.

  • Spaceygirl - 2012-11-12 16:03

    LOLLEST. I'd like to meet this person and shake their hand...or marry them...or give them my first born. ;)

  • sello.r.molefe - 2012-11-12 16:43

    lol hahahaaha

  • ricardo.sivennelli - 2012-11-12 17:12

    whoooo eheheheheheheeh Steve is our very own Chuck Norris Mzanzi StyLe..love our country!! lmao amount of characters we have in MZanzI lmao..awe Chuck StEve

  • liezl.haramis.7 - 2012-11-12 17:38

    @Simon...wish some of you would get over yourselves. The old sobg and dance about racism and being left behind, is really becoming boring.

  • jcoetzee1975 - 2012-11-12 17:42

    You cannot "hack" a wiki page ... morons. Wiki pages are free and open to edit for anyone with a sniff of internet access. It is how it works - open public can write anything on any topic, if it is junk or lies, within a measure the roll-back to the previous version will be done, it is how it was designed and how it works.

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-11-12 17:53

    You hardly need to be a "hacker" to change info on wikipedia.

  • malcolm.stevens.129 - 2012-11-12 17:58

    Wouldn't call this "hacking" since anyone can edit a wikipedia page. No story here. Move along folk.

  • chris.rensburg - 2012-11-12 20:48

    Steve is smiling all the way to the bank as some Hacker,Moron,Vandalizer,Racist,Pugface etc.is giving him all the free advertisement that any artist can dream of.

  • kyle.buitendag - 2012-11-13 08:27

    hahahahahaha, i agree, not far from the truth..........steve is really a moron though.....

  • marcus.steenberg.7 - 2012-11-13 10:22

    Wikipedia pages can be edited by anyone. It wasn't "hacked" - saying it was simply displays the journalist's ignorance.

  • supervillain.laundry - 2012-11-13 13:19

    The "almost weekly" part isn't reflected in the page's Revision History...

  • abel.vanwyk - 2012-12-01 10:25

    he would b great as the president

  • Louis Ferreira - 2013-06-19 10:06

    Send Steve to Australia we will feed him to the Kangaroos. In Australia we only see people,we do not see black or white. In South Africa if a white person has got racist comments he thinks he is Superior to black people. If a black person has got racist comments he still accepts that he is Inferior to the white race.

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