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4/19/2011

222222222222's Day


I was phished on FB recently. I got a confused message from a FB friend that stated I had been tagged in a photo, offered me a photo to click on that promised to show me "what she did on camera", and like a phool, I fell for it and suddenly all my friends and contacts (GMAIL contacts as well as FB friends) were getting similar emails from me.

I took steps to minimize the ability of this 'phisher' to access my accounts - I changed my FB password and changed my FB access to https, and then changed my password on my GMAIL account.

It has stopped - at least, the stuff originating in MY accounts stopped.

The curious (I thought at the time - because I'm slow that way) thing was that I started getting 'news' posts, in email, from some place called "Newsmax.com". I remembered seeing that name briefly flash by in that whole phishing thing - during the event that got me phished - so I never opened any of the things I got. I was concerned that they might contain or actually be a virus. But they started coming regularly and I got curious. I googled Newsmax.com.

Right Wing, Conservative 'news' site.

Not anything I would EVER subscribe to - just like I don't watch or listen to Fox News. And for the same reasons. The far right is as far removed from me, ideologically, as the Moon is from the Earth.

I am as certain as I can be that the subscription to Newsmax was instigated by being phished on FB. What does it say about that organization that they have chosen a sneaky and underhanded method of building readership, rather than building by reputation.

Mark up just one more reason why I don't like, trust or believe anything - ANYTHING - that the Far Right has to say.

And the person behind the site? Christopher Ruddy. The same Christopher Ruddy that started and fed all those rumors around the suicide of former Deputy White House Counsel Vincent Foster - whose efforts in that regard were financed by a foul tempered right winger named Richard Mellon Scaife. Right wingers. Please keep in mind that I have nothing against the Republican Party - or at least, the Republican Party that USED to exist before Newt Gingrich, Karl Rove and all their cohorts destroyed what the Party used to be and stand for. Before disingenuousness and innuendo became the watchwords of political discourse for the Republican Party.

At least you could talk to the 'old' Republicans. And they'd listen. These days? Not so much.

So. I have one thing to say to Mr Ruddy. Phuck off.


Ndinombethe.

9 comments:

Grandmother said...

Lou, why not tell us how you really feel? Scary stuff!

Katherine said...

Just wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog, means a lot to me :)

Off to check out your blog now.

Katherine

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

My Twitter account was phished last year and, dang it, I fell for it. Now, I'm really careful. Don't feel too badly.

And I swear, if Newt Gingrich's campaign calls this house one more time, I'm going to go nuclear. Chernobyl, Fukushima, and me. Srsly.

Tara R. said...

Yet, another reason for me to stay off FB. Hope you got is straightened out and phished proofed.

PattiKen said...

Yep, siblings for sure. My "other" brother often wonders how his sister ended up being "such a flaming liberal."

Nan Sheppard said...

I never click on anything these days without googling it first :)

I think FB's days may be numbered for me. I keep having to check my settings again and again. "No, I don't want you to email me every time someone comments on a photo I've been tagged in. Geeeze!"

Shadow said...

if you can't get support the normal way, i.e. working for it, what is left but trying the back-handed way. this just p&##es me off!!! hope you got rid of them!

Mrs4444 said...

SO annoying!!!

FrankandMary said...

2 things I never miss "not" having:
1) a tv
2) a facebook account. ~Mary