FCC Boss Spams Facebook Friends With Make Money Now Scam

from the whoops dept

Hey, sooner or later everyone falls for some sort of phishing/scamware type of thing, right? It's just especially embarrassing if you're the head of the FCC. The NY Times is reporting that FCC Chair Julius Genachowski had his Facebook account spam all his friends with a message saying "Adam got me started making money with this" which was followed by a link to a now defunct site. Facebook has taken down Genachowski's page, and appears to be effectively blaming him for the problem, putting out a generic notice about how users need to be careful not to click on strange links...


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    Aaron Von Gauss, Dec 31st, 2009 @ 4:55pm

    Sympathizer

    Considering the number of Facebook phishing e-mails I have received over the last couple of days, I can sympathize with him. He's probably not the only one...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 31st, 2009 @ 5:36pm

    I'm selling a $10 book on how to make a million dollars by selling $10 books.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 31st, 2009 @ 5:37pm

    Re: Sympathizer

    I guess if you can't beat them, join them.

    He's represents the FCC, his job is to beat them, he can't, so he just joins them instead.

     

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    McCrea, Dec 31st, 2009 @ 7:46pm

    Re: Re: Sympathizer

    Federal should have nothing to do with the Internet.

     

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    The Anti-Mike (profile), Dec 31st, 2009 @ 8:13pm

    Considering that Facebook appears to be allowing some very questionable apps on their service right now ("1000 free farmville bucks") that require users to spam the crap out of their user list to get the prize (which never comes) it isn't very surprising to see something like this happen.

    If nothing else, this is one of the reasons why Facebook doesn't belong in the classroom.

     

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    davidclark (profile), Jan 1st, 2010 @ 1:34am

    Mr. FCC & the Net

    Serves him right. I hope he gets hacked,phished and hacked and phished some more. Dumbass. Leave the WEB alone. The Government has fucked up everything innovative,good and decent which has enriched our lives and advanced America's standing in the world community.
    That includes Christmas and McDonalds.
    Along that line, I'm struggling to understand why we abandoned American exploration of the moon. If memory serves me correctly, for every dollar NASA spends, we see a $1.75 return in employment,science,R&D,engineering,purchasing and a flood of new patents. ever heard of velcro? How about duct tape?
    Its sort of like Columbus hitting Puerto Rico the first time,burning his maps and setting sail for Spain.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 1st, 2010 @ 7:56am

    Re: Mr. FCC & the Net

    Duct tape was originally developed during World War II in 1942 as a water resistant sealing tape for ammunition cases

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 1st, 2010 @ 7:58am

    Re: Mr. FCC & the Net

    The hook-and-loop fastener was invented in 1941 by Swiss engineer, George de Mestral

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 1st, 2010 @ 8:18am

    Re: Mr. FCC & the Net

    Please to explain how "the Government" is different from "NASA". Also, if NASA is just your favorite exception, please to explain which non-NASA part of the government funded the Interstate highway system, not to mention tiny things you love like, oh, the internet.

    Finally, please explain the innovative contributions of McDonalds and how they advance America's world standing. I'm guessing McRib ? Or maybe chicken nuggets ?

    The Christmas thing totally befuddles me. Can't figure out where you're going with that. Just drunk ?

     

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    Chuck (profile), Jan 1st, 2010 @ 12:40pm

    Re: Re: Sympathizer

    Apparently, my facebook account was inviting people to join this group that I have never heard of. Usually, I'm pretty careful on the internet, that was a surprise to me. You can't exactly blame him.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 1st, 2010 @ 3:42pm

    Re: Mr. FCC & the Net

    "If memory serves me correctly, for every dollar NASA spends, we see a $1.75 return in employment,science,R&D,engineering,purchasing and a flood of new patents"

    When the government spends money on something there should be no patents involved in what comes out of it. Why should taxpayers take risks and invest money into something to have some evil rich entity reap the rewards. Not acceptable and this is just more evidence of how broken our patent system is.

     

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    alternatives(), Jan 2nd, 2010 @ 10:40am

    Re: Mr. FCC & the Net

    The Government has fucked up everything innovative,good and decent which has enriched our lives and advanced America's standing in the world community.
    That includes Christmas and McDonalds.


    Right - things like the FDA and their meat inspection so the concerns of Mr. Sinclairs "The Jungle" got addressed - yup sure was a 'fuck up' to make a claim that meat had at least a base level of sanitation.

     

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    Kathy Kern, Jan 2nd, 2010 @ 11:42am

    FCC and Spaming Facebook

    I can just see it. one of those poor losers who got cut by fcc are behind this spam. anyway this shows when it comes to this type of low marketing no one is safe even FCC BOSS.

    Kathy

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 2nd, 2010 @ 5:48pm

    I actually got hit and my account did that same spam. It was tracked back to a hotmail account of mine which MSN told me originally wasn't breached back 6 or so months ago when they got hacked. Guess they were wrong.

     

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    Overcast (profile), Jan 4th, 2010 @ 6:46pm

    Re: Re: Mr. FCC & the Net

    Right - things like the FDA and their meat inspection so the concerns of Mr. Sinclairs "The Jungle" got addressed - yup sure was a 'fuck up' to make a claim that meat had at least a base level of sanitation.

    FDA + meat inspection (still) = Mad Cow.

    FDA = Fail.

     

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    neubree (profile), Aug 13th, 2010 @ 1:38am

    Haha that's hilarious!! this guy got spung bad :P

     

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