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Wal-Mart Threatens to Take Humor Site Off-line
March 29, 2010
The man who brought you the Cat with the Tin Foil hat has found the tin foil hat may be needed after all. It seems that retail giant Wal-Mart doesn't have a sense of humor.
Several years ago, humor Web site http://gwally.com posted an article on how to prank Wal-Mart using their intercom system. It's been sitting there for years with no complaints.
And then someone tried out the prank for real. It seems someone in New Jersey announced over a Wal-Mart intercom system that all black people must leave the store. There was a bit of a hullaballoo.
Today gwally.com got a very threatening e-mail from RSA, the security company:
Did you catch that? RSA admits right off that gwally.com is not doing anything fraudulent, but they will treat my Web site as if it is fraudulent in an effort to get me to stop displaying information on my Web site that supposedly violates Wal-Mart's intellectual property and copyright.
The funny thing is, the information was never verified by gwally.com as being valid! We just thought it was funny. The code to access the intercom system was public knowledge. It wasn't as if gwally.com was going to go undercover, sign up as an employee and verify the information. That seems a long way to go for a prank. Not only that, but Wal-Mart tests workers for drug use. I personally do not do drugs, but I have long maintained you'd have to be high to want to work at Wal-Mart, so I see working there as a gateway drug and there's no use developing a drug habit at a place that pays too little to form a decent drug habit in the first place.
RSA goes on to say this:
To whom it may concern,
The foregoing is without prejudice to any and all of rights and remedies of any financial institution in connection with this matter, which are hereby expressly reserved.
RSA Anti-Fraud Command Center
* ”Phishing" generally refers to a variety of web based scams that make use of an illegitimate website which passes itself off as being that of a targeted financial institution together with associated data collection points (including web based email accounts) in order to deceive the account holders of the financial institution into revealing their personal information, including but not limited to their credit or debit account numbers, checking account information, social security numbers, or banking account passwords. Once these account holder credentials are collected they can then be used to commit wire fraud or other similar activities of a criminal nature.
I guarantee you I have nothing to do with Wal-Mart. I do not engage in any scheme of any sort that could be used for fraudulent activity. I have better ways to make money that victimizing people.
gwally.com has been around for about 15 years. We've never been anything more than an embarrassment to ourselves. If gwally.com goes down, it's because Wal-Mart engaged in shady, disreputable business practices. We support privacy rights, we support the EFF and we support you by finding ways to make life a little less boring.
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