New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has posted a bizarre tweet where he claims that someone compromised his internet protocol (IP) address and then used it to download child pornography.
Krugman’s tweet claiming that his IP address was compromised and used to download child porn
The full tweet reads:
“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. I might just be a random target. But this could be an attempt to Qanon me. It’s an ugly world out there.”
Journalist Mike Cernovich said he was “BEWILDERED” by the tweet and that “It makes absolutely no sense to make something like this public.”
I've seen a lot in my life – stuff I hope others don't.
Rarely am I in AWE…..
I can't stop looking at it.
It makes absolutely no sense to make something like this public. https://t.co/K7HdJDHITP
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) January 8, 2020
“That's… not how any of this works,” said tech journalist Mikael Thalen.
That's… not how any of this works. https://t.co/BdrSKvNQVO
— Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) January 8, 2020
Others have also expressed their shock that Krugman would post something like this publicly.
OH MY GOD https://t.co/m9G3NNKOUk
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) January 8, 2020
If you have a service… and they called you to tell you they stopped something… you wouldn't make that public. Its only a losing thing to even mention it if that was the case.
— Nik Lentz (@NikLentz) January 8, 2020
Critical High Yikes, indeed https://t.co/qXVcXnDW5Y
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 8, 2020
It's absurd to think somebody would announce an attack on Twitter before it's been resolved. Anyone with any sense would not be worrying about optics this early. https://t.co/KHCXX92SNp
— Erik Foreman (@ForemanErik) January 8, 2020
In a followup tweet, Krugman said: “The Times is now on the case.”
The Times is now on the case.
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) January 8, 2020