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Wired.com Image Viewer Hacked to Create Phony Steve Jobs Health Story

"A widely-circulated URL which points to a image that purports to be a Wired.com story about Steve Jobs health is a hack job. We won't provide the URL here, but the Twitterverse quickly surmised that the item was not correct. As have Mashable and Gizmodo.

I've written a number of stories about Jobs health hoaxes — including one about an obituary that Bloomberg mistakenly put on the wire, and another about a CNN iReport that sent Apple shares up 10 percent — but the true author of this crude fake, which hit far closer to home, remains a mystery.

The hoaxer was able to create a cursorily valid-looking page using our public upload image viewer, whose URL was not a secret and which generates a page containing an image under a genuine Wired logo banner. (Yes, it has been patched.)

In this instance the hoaxer went to the considerable trouble of creating an image of a three-paragraph story, with such affirming attributes as my aforementioned byline, current time stamp, some excellent (genuine) related stories and the social bookmarking icons at the bottom — including an (unfortunately hoax) 201 Diggs."

Read more: http://blog.wired.com/business/2009/01/wiredcom-imagev.html


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