Prank News Wire Article — Spam Wire? — Spire?

This is probably old news to some, but a 15 year old in New Jersey managed to get an online press release aggregator to publish a fake press release that the kid had written about being hired by Google. Ironically, Google News ended up linking to the fake article. According to a March 20th article by CNet, Google News has cut it’s ties with the I-Newswire.com.

The press release read:

“(I-Newswire) – 15 year old student, Tom Vendetta has been hired by search engine giant Google Inc. The student will receive a lowered salary, which will be placed into a bank account for future education, said Google CEO Larry Page. When asked what role Vendetta will play at the Tech Giant’s offices, Page said he wouldnt have a role at the Main Offices. Instead he would work from his home in the New Jersey suburbs. Vendetta will be incharge of working with recent security flaw’s in Google’s beta e-mail service, “Gmail”. Google said they first found out about him when they discovered the student’s blog, at http://tomvendetta.be. The media giant said they looked forward to working with Vendetta’s expertise in JavaScript and AJAX.

More on this can be read at:


Post from one of my abandoned blogs – North Farnham Freeholder – recovered from Internet Archive WayBackMachine, March 2011


internet, internet ethics, media/news, search engines, Uncategorized

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