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.