from the pron dept
We all know the internet is for porn, right? But the implication in that age-old internet commandment is that it's for porn and nothing else. But that's not true! The internet is also for cats, for business-ing, for Techdirt, and for political messages. But what you really shouldn't do is mix any of those formers with the latter, which it appears is what congressional candidate Mike Webb did on his Facebook page.
What you might miss if you're not really paying attention is the open tabs Webb included in his screenshot: "Ivone sexy amateur" and "Layla Rivera tight booty."
The explanation is 2,000 words long. It does not make a huge amount of sense, but apparently blames the pornographic images on an experiment Webb was performing to see whether or not someone was using malware embedded on porn sites to infect electoral candidates with malware that would prevent them from filing their candidacy before the deadline.Sure, okay. You weren't jacking it, you were testing out a theory of malware delivered specifically to congressional candidates through weaponized porn videos. I'll give Webb credit: my head is spinning after trying to put the logic together that would make any of his explanation possible.
Maybe. It’s honestly hard to parse. Webb writes, in part: “Curious by nature, I wanted to test the suggestion that somehow, lurking out in the pornographic world there is some evil operator waiting for the one in a gazillion chance that a candidate for federal office would go to that particular website and thereby be infected with a virus that would cause his or her FEC [federal election commission] data file to crash the FECfile application each time that it was loaded on the day of the filing deadline, as well as impact other critical campaign systems.
It's probably a wasted effort. Mr. Webb, just mind your browser tabs next time, mmkay?