A fake article by a fake author was fake posted in a fake NY Times site over the weekend. It fooled the NY Times. AFP: “The New York Times, which famously insists on the accuracy of its reports, was red faced Sunday after being fooled by a hoax online editorial posted under the name of ex-boss Bill Keller.”
Continuing: “The editorial, titled “WikiLeaks, a Post Postscript,” was purportedly published over the weekend by the Times and in every way appears to be the real thing from Keller, who until last September was the paper’s executive editor.
The article appeared on a web page built to replicate the Times’ popular website, right down to perfectly working links to the rest of the site.”
This is where it gets really interesting, beyond the title: “It was so realistic that none other than the newspaper’s technology editor Nick Bilton posted the link on his Twitter account, calling the apparent defense of Julian Assange’s controversial organization an “important piece”.”
We found a fake PayPal account created to support WikiLeaks through the NY Times which has since been blocked: “This web page at http://www.thepaypalblog.co has been reported as a web forgery and has been blocked…”
The article describes the fake Twitter account as well as the site links, the NYT editor linked back from his Twitter post.
Read the tea leaves, eventually someone will figure out WikiLeaks leaked all over the NY Times.