Congressional Aide Hires Fake Hackers To Improve Apparently Well-Deserved Low GPA

from the you've-got-to-be-kidding-me dept

The communications aide for Montana’s lone Representative had what he thought was a brilliant idea: he’d hire a hacker to break into the network at his alma mater (Texas Christian University), and boost his GPA. To set the wheels in motion, 28-year-old Todd Shriber wrote to the security website in the hopes they could commit the dirty deed — or find someone who could. Unfortunately for Shriber, the folks at Attrition strung him along for weeks pretending to plan the network assault, while going so far as to make Shriber engage in inane tasks such as photographing local squirrels and pigeons. Attrition has posted the entire e-mail conversation to their website (via Slashdot) — the last dramatic e-mail from Attrition pretending they had been busted in the attempt and police were on their trail, likely scaring Shriber stupid(er). When contacted by a reporter Shriber denied, then ultimately admitted the whole painfully idiotic affair, though he digs a deeper hole by discussing the plan at length — pretending he was getting cold feet (though the e-mail thread shows no hesitation). Given our political leaders’ level of technological accumen, it seems like young Todd is well prepared for a future in politics.

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Congressional Aide Hires Fake Hackers To Improve Apparently Well-Deserved Low GPA”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
Tyshaun says:

Re: Indeed.....

He’ll make a fine Democrat.

That would be funny except for the rather ironic fact that he’s working for a republican representative (or was before they sacked him). It’s funny how republicans are so fast to accuse democrats of being cheaters and liars.

I will refrain from any other politics except I thought it was necessary to address this obviously not well thought out comment.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...