I was hacked! It wasn’t me! With the expansion of the cloud it’s becoming more and more confusing what information is being shared where. There have been some big scandals over the past couple of years from people who haven’t been able to keep things on the DL with the DMs. Anthony Weiner probably just made everything that much worse with his last name.
Besides being the ridicule of the internet at the moment, adding gas to the fire the IRS published a series of social security numbers belonging to individuals in political organizations seemingly by accident. The government agency keeps a public database of these organizations for research and has since taken it down.
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation acquired MySpace in July of 2005 for $580 million… and sold in 2011 for $35 million. Some investments pay off way more than others I guess.
Creating a hashtag can go one of two ways, viral or nowhere… unfortunately for #myNYPD it went viral for everyone upset with the police department. New York’s hijacked hashtag quickly collected every angry brutal encounter into one searchable location.
When Guy Fieri opened his first NYC restaurant, someone quickly bought up the domain guysamericankitchenandbar.com. The fake menu includes ‘Guy’s Big Balls’ and ‘Blitzmas Beast.’ Luckily guysamerican.com was still available, but the troll website still tricks some curious visitors.
Twitter has continually changed what shows up when you reply to tweets, but US Airways somehow managed to attach a photo from one discretely troll, in a response to an unsuspecting passenger. The NSFW Photo was later deleted and replaced with an apology to the thousands of twitter accounts that had noticed.
“This is a little comical because this is YouTube and so far I’ve shown no videos.” Back in 2008, while presenting to the Washington Technology Industry Association, google’s director of advertising had to describe her way through her video presentation.
Nobody enjoys their computer crashing. While giving a demo for Windows ’98 on live television the machine running the whole presentation crashed into the blue screen of death. Not the first or last time this happened to Bill Gates.
After Conan O’Brien ad-libbed a joke about hornymanatee.com, NBC was forced to buy the domain for 10 years. While this happened in 2006, the site no longer has any sexy content, and just redirects to an NBC 404 page.
When Ben Stiller’s latest movie came out on Christmas in 2013, it quickly leaked online like every other movie. The exception to this normal event, was the fact that a watermark linking the copy to the original owner was left visible on regular intervals. Somehow Ellen Degeneres’ advanced screener made it’s way to a piracy site and became the primary file shared by thousands.