Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Suppose you're a computer programmer who knows how to create malware that could take possession of anyone's computer, forcing it to return again and again to a web page specified by the program. Then suppose you appropriate the conservative blog "Powerline" for that purpose, after renaming it "Newsfudge." Then, of course, you choose a computer to infect.

All of that has happened, and it led to one of the Powerline proprietors, John Hinderaker, a.k.a. Assrocket, getting an indignant call from a malware victim, who left perhaps the funniest voicemail I've ever heard. The nice lady, who lives in or near Cincinnati, doesn't understand why her computer has been hijacked, but seems certain that Hinderaker is responsible.

So she tells him in no uncertain terms what she thinks of him, and gives him "a piece of her mind," as we used to say. Listen.

For his part, Hinderaker has a pretty mellow attitude about this, and plans to call the lady back and explain what's wrong, as much as he knows about it, and adds: "I am not sure how computers get infected with this malware or how it works, but these folks–Russians, as I understand it from Joe–randomly stole the contents of our site. We will try to find a solution for this lady in Cincinnati, and anyone else who may have been victimized!"

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