Thursday, October 11, 2012

Hacktivists Launch New Presidential Googlebomb Against Mitt Romney...

Up to some of their old tricks, hacktivists have just launched a Googlebomb against presidential candidate Mitt Romney.  For anyone uninitiated, a Googlebomb refers to a computer hack that manipulates Google's search algorithm to display results that express a political statement.  The current Googlebomb makes it so that whenever someone types the phrase "completely wrong" into Google Images, dozens of pictures of Mitt Romney are displayed.

Hacktivist behavior like this is not uncommon, especially in presidential politics.  It's also typically harmless, treading the line between humor, irony, and political satire.

Some previous examples of hacktivism in the political arena...
With only three weeks before the election, and with digital retaliation being the norm, we can expect another incident along these lines any minute now...


  

1 Comments:

At 12:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

another example: what Dan Savage did to Rick santorum (Google "Santorum" -- for me, today, it was the 4th result, often it's the first)

 

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