There is never enough time in the day for fun. And hackers do like to have their fair share.
However, I am concerned that perhaps they are sometimes being too hasty and too thoughtless in their frolics around the Web.
You see, the rather popular Sh*tMyDadSays Twitter feed, which offers the real sayings of a slightly jaded former nuclear medicine worker, has been hacked. I suppose that when you have almost 2 million followers you become prey to this sort of thing, so perhaps no one should really be all that surprised.
Security expert Sophos explained that a post on the Sh*tMyDadSays feed said: "wow I just got a free dell laptop LOL ". The link, disappointingly, led to a fine and upstanding site that told you of a woman in Wyoming who was making $6,595 a month, part-time.
Sophos couldn't tell whether this was a case of a phished password or spyware. However, Justin Halpern, creator of the Twitter feed that turned into a CBS sitcom, posted Tuesday: "Sorry, sh*t my dad says got hacked. My dad isn't trying to sell you a crappy lap top, I promise. Don't open any links."
The strange thing is that, perhaps because of the demands of the CBS sitcom, Sh*tMyDadSays has enjoyed very few posts lately. And some might wonder why hackers, if they truly would like to fool people into following their links, don't take a little more trouble over the, um, writing.
"wow I just got a free dell laptop LOL" just doesn't seem terribly well thought through.
Please consider the last post to Sh*tMyDadSays: "He's a politician. It's like being a hooker. You can't be one unless you can pretend to like people while you're f***ing them." This offered irony, deep feeling, and a vast knowledge of the world's workings. It makes the hackers' copy stand out rather painfully.
Surely hackers are able to offer something a little more cultured. As Halpern senior offered to his son's Twitter feed on 4 May: "YOU, a published writer?..Internet don't count. Any a**hole can throw sh*t up on there." (Book On Sale Today!)"
Yes, any, um, hacker can throw, er, stuff up there. But wouldn't it be a little more fun if that stuff was at least funny?