UPDATE via TPC reader Nellcote. Blog title edited:
Obama campaign adviser Ben LaBolt sent an e-mail to The Washington Examiner Tuesday afternoon saying the events calendar is user-generated, so the security of the website has not been compromised. The campaign removed the event from its calendar following the Examiner’s report.
I’ll provide a link when I find it. Here we go, via Jake Tapper:
“The site was not hacked,” said campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt. “These are user generated sites for supporters – we monitor them for inappropriate content but aren’t able to catch everything right away.”
First the Fox News Politics Twitter account was hacked, putting out fake, and horrific, tweets that President Obama had been assassinated.
What next? Well, what’s next is that the Obama campaign website has now also been hacked, inviting readers to a couple of fake anti-government events. The host of said events is “Commy Obama”.
The campaign’s application for mobile devices, such as iPhones and iPads, directed users to two events titled “Rules of Politics” scheduled for noon on Tuesday in Washington.
Here’s what you see now when you click on the event description that was provided on the Obama campaign website:
The actual Obama campaign site is fine.
The 430-word message lists 21 total anti-government criticisms, none of which target Obama, another politician or a particular political party by name.
Stating the obvious, hacking is a serious problem, one that is tougher and tougher to deal with. And if it’s become this easy and prevalent, imagine what hackers are capable of doing to those lovely Diebold voting machines.