Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Trump's Cybersecurity Advisor Thinks He's Being Hacked Because He Can't Type

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Gerardo Duncan | 07 December, 2018, 00:48

If, however, someone were to remove the space after a period and follow that with random letters or words that aren't assigned to a top-level domain, Twitter won't automatically convert that into a link.

"For those familiar with domain names, ".in" is a TLD (Top Level Domain) extension for the nation of India. The Atlanta-based digital marketing director said he "knew immediately that it was just a typo", but that didn't stop him from clicking on the link.

When Giuliani discovered this, he again used the social network, declaring that "Twitter allowed someone to invade my text with a disgusting anti-president message".

Web firm designer Jason Velazquez tells The New York Times he saw the link, paid $5 to buy the domain and created a page in about 15 minutes.

This is at least the second time in the past week Giuliani has really fucked up tweeting.

Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani is furious after he inadvertently made an anti-Trump website go viral. With no facts or justification, he blamed Twitter, saying employees there are "cardcarrying anti-Trumpers".

Social media users widely mocked Giuliani as a cybersecurity advisor to the president, for his apparent lack of technical knowledge.

It all started around 6 p.m. Friday, when Velazquez came across the random hyperlink in Giuliani's tweet.

At most, Velazquez thought his stunt would get a "few hundred retweets" and then be absorbed into the Twittersphere, but by early Wednesday morning, Giuliani's tweet containing the link had about 45,000 likes and almost 17,000 retweets.

A Twitter spokesman told the New York Times that "the accusation we're artificially injecting something into a tweet is completely false", adding that the social media site can not edit tweets.

Twitter essentially said that's ludicrous as it can not and does not edit tweets.

Well... no, mate. You allowed someone to "invade your text" (it's a tweet my dude) by not being very good at typing, and it didn't happen with later tweets because they didn't conform to the pattern of a valid domain name.

That only drew more barbs to Giuliani, who by midyesterday had failed to delete or fix the problem tweet. "Either I affect what his message is, or I affect what his message is", he said.

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