NY Times' Paul Krugman Said Hackers Downloaded Child Porn On His IP; They Didn't

Sandy Malone

Paul Krugman fell prey to a phishing scam and live tweeted that hackers had downloaded child porn to his computer.

New York, NY – Nobel Laureate and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman learned he had fallen prey to a phishing scam on Wednesday after he tweeted that hackers were using his Internet connection to download child pornography.

Krugman appeared to have received a call on Jan. 8 from someone who claimed to be from his computer’s security company, The Washington Times reported.

“Well, I’m on the phone with my computer security service, and as I understand it someone compromised my IP address and is using it to download child pornography,” Krugman live tweeted. “I might just be a random target. But this could be an attempt to QAnon me. It’s an ugly world out there.”

“The Times is on it,” he tweeted moments later.

Hours later, the 66-year-old columnist returned to the social media platform to announce that he might have fallen for a scam, according to Mediaite.

And he deleted his original tweet.

The Twitterverse was brutal to the Nobel Prize winner in response, with some comparing him to Jussie Smollett.

“This is a matter for the FBI Paul,” conservative writer Mike Cernovich snarkily tweeted.

The criticism wasn’t limited to conservatives and political pundits.

“The only logical reason I can think of why Paul Krugman would advertise, apropos of nothing, that child pornography is “being downloaded” to his computer (and totally NOT by him) is because he got tipped that he’s about to be in deep s--t,” actor and producer Adam Trahan tweeted.

Krugman, an economist, has been a columnist for The New York Times since 2000, The Washington Times reported.

He won the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

Krugman has vented his computer woes on social media in the past and claimed Apple took hours to fix a problem with a “crippling” virus on his machine in October of 2019, The Washington Times reported.

Comments (30)
IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

People fall for phishing scams ALL THE TIME. He's older, and an economist, not an IT professional, not in security. He's prime target.

Why did he advertise it? because stupidly tweets everything going on in his life, and he's not the only one. It's today's culture, esp among young people.

This is much ado about nothing.

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redpill
redpill

TOAST. Well, except he's a darling of the Harvey-wood crowd, so probably not...

spclopr8tr
spclopr8tr

This scam has been around for a while. This is probably something like the one he received, and he's trying to get out in front of it. I would assume the Times is going to now do a deep dive on his computer contents, including files recently deleted.

"Well, I actually placed a malware on the adult video clips (porno) web site and guess what, you visited this website to experience fun (you know what I mean)...just after that, my software program gathered every one of your contacts from your Messenger, Facebook, and email."

The emails demand payment within one day in cryptocurrency, warning the victim: "If I do not receive the Bitcoins, I will definately [sic] send out your video recording to all of your contacts including close relatives, co-workers, and many others.

"Nevertheless, if I receive the payment, I'll destroy the video immidiately [sic]," it adds. "If you need evidence, reply with 'Yes!' and I will send your video to your 10 friends. It is a non-negotiable offer, therefore do not waste my time and yours by responding to this message."

LEO0301
LEO0301

And the award for best response goes to....

Ben Matasar @matasar · 19h

Replying to @SethAMandel somebody should tell him it’s ok to not tweet

Seth Mandel ✔ @SethAMandel

Maybe The Times will tell him, he seems to listen to them

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Just-My-Thoughts.
Just-My-Thoughts.

My cousins husband fell for the IP phone call from his internet provider, gave him pass codes, IP number and credit card number........so stupid because he is an IP guy for another company.......He's just too trusting of others.......

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

As if we did not know already that the NYT hires lying, incompetent, scumbags.

Isn't the likely explanation that the Dude was probably doing something bad (in his own mind or according to the law) on his computer, believed the message he received, and tried to mitigate damage?

Who in their right mind would jump to the internet to post stuff and accuse Qanon?

Answer: No one of sound mind and reasonable intelligence.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Boomers. The only people in the world still falling for IP scams.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Crazy

rds40
rds40

Guess the smug NYT repirters are as bright as a 90 year old grandmother.

Fell for a scam? Right.

61mouse
61mouse

This is the new version of " THE DOG ATE MY HOMEWORK "


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