Hackers Fox Al Gore by Hacking into An Inconvenient Truth Website

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Oh dear, poor The Al Gore. The Nobel Prize Laureate, internet inventor and husband of Tipper has had his website hacked. His blog for An Inconvenient Truth is now selling Viagra, Valium, Zovirax and Xanax.

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Don't expect to see an inconvenient bulge in Al's pants (metaphorically speaking) however, as the hacking is only visible in the website's sort code, rather than in plain sight on the ex-VP's blog. It's a technique used by cyber scammers in the hope of increasing their search engine ratings.

Given his success in recent years, the last thing he needs is medication to combat impotence, depression and herpes. Seven years ago, following the debacle of the 2000 Presidential Election, perhaps, but certainly not now. [PC World]

DISCUSSION

@hughjass: He did take the initiative in creating the Internet:

Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn: We don't think, as some people have argued, that Gore intended to claim he "invented" the Internet. Moreover, there is no question in our minds that while serving as Senator, Gore's initiatives had a significant and beneficial effect on the still-evolving Internet.

Leonard Kleinrock: A second development occurred around this time, namely, then-Senator Al Gore, a strong and knowledgeable proponent of the Internet, promoted legislation that resulted in President George Bush signing the High Performance Computing and Communication Act of 1991. This Act allocated $600 million for high performance computing and for the creation of the National Research and Education Network [13-14]. The NREN brought together industry, academia and government in a joint effort to accelerate the development and deployment of gigabit/sec networking

[en.wikipedia.org]

Cerf, Kahn, and Kleinrock were involved with the invention part, but Gore drafted and proposed the legislation for its funding. That is how he took the initiative in creating the Internet, and he didn't say a word about "inventing" it.