Sounds More Like The Million Dollar Headache
from the good-and-bad-attention dept
We avoided all the stories about the "Million Dollar Homepage" because it was obviously one of those internet fads that people will joke about in a few years. Alex Tew deserves credit for thinking up the idea and doing it first, but the amount of copycats is getting pretty silly. This is the type of idea that works for the first person to come up with it and that's about it. So, to the copycat sites who keep submitting it to us, no, we don't care that you're the first such site in Alberta, Canada or that you're doing it for some charity we've never heard of. We didn't post the original and we really aren't going to post the copycats. However, since Tew's success with the project, it appears that he's been getting attention from the wrong sorts of folks. A bunch of denial of service extortionists took time out from hassling porn and gambling sites, and instead took down the million dollar homepage while demanding cash to get it back up. Of course, if Tew doesn't pay the extortionists, he may have to pay back some of his advertisers, as one of them is threatening a lawsuit because of the site's downtime, which didn't allow their ad (the final one, bought to great fanfare in an eBay auction) didn't go up immediately. It's looking like the "easy money" of the million dollar home page has some strings attached to it.