The internet of idiots


It was a great week for anyone who enjoys people screwing up on the internet.

First up is American Republican congressional candidate, Mike Webb, who posted a screenshot of his web browser on Facebook. Unfortunately two tabs in the screenshot were clearly from porn sites – ‘LAYLA RIVERA TIGHT BO[OTY]’ and ‘IVONE SEXY AMATEUR’. He then removed the photo and reposted it with a rambling 2,000-word explanation. His excuse? He was conducting an experiment to deduce whether malware was embedded on porn sites in order to infect electoral candidates, and prevent them filing their candidacy on time… Sure.

In a slightly more serious ‘mistake’, the CIA inspector general’s office – the spy agency’s internal watchdog – has accidentally destroyed its only copy of a Senate torture report. CIA inspector general officials deleted a computer file and then destroyed the disk that contained the document. Apparently, there’s definitely another copy of the 6,700-page report somewhere in the CIA.

Finally, in this week’s sweetest case of karma, a hackers’ website has been breached by a hacker. The email addresses and private messages of more than 47,000 members of the site, Nulled, were leaked. The data dump also included 5,000 purchase records relating to the exchange of stolen information, and other posts detailing illegal activities.

This originally appeared in Moving Brands Wednesday 20160518.

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