‘CSI: Boomer’ — Paul Krugman Gets Roasted for Walking Back His ‘Hacking’ Claims
The 66-year-old Paul Krugman may be a Nobel Prize-winning economist and longtime New York Times columnist, but that doesn’t mean he’s immune from scams that target everyday senior citizens.
Hours after posting a bizarre notification on Twitter that someone hacked his IP address to “download child pornography” and alerting his followers that Times tech staff are “on the case,” Krugman deleted his original tweet and said he may be the victim of a scam.
Deleted original tweet. Times thinks it may have been a scam. Anyway, will have more security in future
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) January 9, 2020
The walk back by Krugman, a favorite target for derision by conservatives, unleashed a salvo of jokes at his expense, many of which referenced his generation’s less-than-savvy understanding of how the Internet works.
CSI: Boomer pic.twitter.com/Su42ZdSJm1
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) January 9, 2020
— Mandy Stadtmiller ? (@mandystadt) January 9, 2020
Paul Krugman is 100% someone who would get a ‘YOUR COMPUTER IS FULL OF VIRUSES’ pop up and panic.
— John Epler (@eplerjc) January 9, 2020
Paul Krugman is a Nobel Prize winner. Elitists think he’s really smart. ??? pic.twitter.com/72AQYwDX8w
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) January 9, 2020
Did Paul Krugman really win a Nobel Prize? He just seems like the sort of guy who regularly gets tricked by squirrels.
— Frank J. Fleming (@IMAO_) January 9, 2020
Paul Krugman’s trending? I wonder wh … pic.twitter.com/wEbm7YLUPG
— Matt Gallagher (@MattGallagher0) January 9, 2020
Not everyone found Krguman’s evident panic a joking matter, however.
“Paul Krugman is implicating himself by talking about being the victim of a crime” is not the funny or clever take you think it is.
— Noah Berlatsky (@nberlat) January 8, 2020
Most likely, the Twitter hive mind concluded, Krugman fell for a common online scam that tries to trick users into compromising their computer security through a misleading pop-up that directs its victims to call a phony security center where people are warned about IP address hacking to “download child pornography.”
As much as people want to conjure up conspiracy theories based on Paul Krugman’s tweet, the most likely scenario is that he fell for this well known scam. https://t.co/TWf1i2Jjfm pic.twitter.com/Q1FquxaIic
— Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) January 9, 2020
The absolute worst thing about the Krugman thing is all the right-wing geeks pretending they don’t know how this phone scam works and pretending they think there actually is CP on the guy’s hard drive and the FBI needs to be called
— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) January 9, 2020
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