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Time Magazine's poll of the 100 most influential people has been hacked by a motley band of online troublemakers who have managed to manipulate the top 21 names so their first letters spell "marblecake, also the game." According to an inside account detailed by blogger Paul Lamere, members of the 4chan website exploited …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    As much as chantards usually sucks,

    This is, indeed, epic win.


    Anon, obviously.

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    Now That

    Now That is the funniest thing they've done in years. Kudos.

    That and trying to send the Spice Girls to Iraq.

    Again more signs of what the internet is for.

  3. sektah
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    "We took many preventative measures to maintain the integrity of the Time 100 poll on, and moot has a passionate community of users who worked to influence the poll,"

    My arse. You left the poll wide-open for the most dumb-arse of hackers/script kiddies to figure out. There was no luck involved in this, just pure 100% cunning. Your systems were rubbish, your vote-vetting was rubbish, and the 4chan crew showed you up for the noobs that you are. Congratulations, lepers.

  4. hikaricore
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    For once.

    It seems like a business that has been fucked with has a sense of humor.

  5. Apocalypse Later

    Interest added....

    to an essentially trivial exercise (Korean pop star?) without rendering it any less trivial.

  6. Anonymous Coward
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    anon for teh winz

    +1 interwebz to all

  7. Anonymous Coward


    I just lost the game. o_0

  8. Anonymous Coward
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    w00t to the moot!

    Congrats to Anon once again.

  9. Tails
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    I'm suprised..

    That Jacqui Smith didn't have it hacked to win it for herself.

    Mine's the one with the insiders in GCHQ.

  10. slack


    Sometimes the /b/tards do something amusing, this is one of those times. Congrats moot, enjoy the victory.

  11. Andy Livingstone

    Early Government Announcement

    E-voting now approved by Parliament.

    Thanks to all who voted for Gordon Brown in 2010, 2015, and 2020.

  12. Anonymous Coward
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    the game . . .

    Time lost it.

    & i love you Mootles!

  13. Anonymous Coward
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    Nice one Anon. Thumbs up to moot and the obligatory finger to all Scientologists.

  14. Anonymous Coward
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    Not that hard

    A quick look at the page source shows you the entire contents of a form, including all the hidden elements. It's trivial to forge one.

    Time deserves some credit for handling this well. They haven't tried to invalidate votes or scrapped the entire poll.

  15. Anonymous Coward


    This would be the end of IPv4. (The hack relied on not being able to understand IPv6 - so all website will be converted very quickly to read it correctly - and IPv4 will end.

    Long live the new IP

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  17. Sly

    Time hasn't kept up with the times

    this is further proof.

    +1 those who actually live in the now

    -1 Time Magazine for still being a n00b

    w00t for LOLCats! It's Caturday!

  18. Anonymous Coward
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    Heh, those little scamps

    Internets = srs bsns

  19. Anonymous Coward
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    When will people learn!!!

  20. lupine
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    this is...

    excellent! thumbs up to all involved

  21. Anonymous Coward


    I am unaware of what the 4Chan site actually is. I've deliberatly avoided it because I've heard consistent statements that the site is full of teenage douchebags. Now after this stunt, and surpisingly by some of the comments here, I believe I've done the right thing up until now. And I believe I'll continue to do so.

  22. Inachu

    HAHAH moot lost and this article is epic fail

    I made sure the japanese guy was #1 and not moot because moot looks like a hungry gay male on the prowl.

  23. Anonymous Coward


    we totally failed with ashton and cnn though just the other day though... shame twitter caught on to basementdad.


  24. Moss Icely Spaceport
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    Bunch of masturbating script kiddies!

  25. Anonymous Coward
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    I love it when a plan comes together

  26. arran

    6 weeks

    I must of been on a role, and now ive lost the game.


  27. Anonymous Coward

    4chan != Hackers.

    @ AC : Sunday 19th April 2009 13:40 GMT

    You heard right. It only takes one /b/tard with a brain to produce a nice script, then you just need a herd of braying morons to run it on a bunch of machines. Where could you find such a herd? Hmmm.

    With the tit-for-tat DoS attacks between AnT and 4Chan and the increasing cancer of newfag invasions, it's time 4chan got put to bed in the archives.

  28. Doug Glass


    Big Frelling Deal. But at least the author knows the difference between "Moot" and "Mute" which most new age "journalists", and other writers, don't.

  29. Anonymous Coward

    Wasn't there a story just the other week...

    ...about the denizens of /b/ being about the most powerful force on the internet these days?

    Well good luck to them. This isn't one of their better stunt, but I like it enough.

    To those thinking about dipping their toes into 4chan culture and finding out what it's all about, well, I would be careful. I felt like my mind had been violated the first time. The racism, gore, shock pictures, dumbass copypasta and the extreme level of offensive idiocy actually knocked me back for a while.

    But it doesn't hurt so bad after the first time.

    After a while you realise that there's a tremendous amount of energy there, with a big portion of disaffection. Keep watching, interesting things sometimes bubble up from that vat of pestilent puke.

  30. Lewis Benzie

    Just because

    Given the insipid nature of todays youth and the emptiness of their vessels the proliferation of 'edgy' and 'clever' from 4chan was expected. So in a very real way moot is a man of the year. Good on him.

  31. MacroRodent

    Good demo on Internet poll futility

    Again shows that Internet polls are not worth the electrons they are printed on, at least not when they raise any kind of hacker interest. Same for txt message polls and competitions: I once listened to a couple of bright young programmers describe how they rigged a local Coca Cola "collect bottles and text the code" campaign to get a free concert trip abroad. Ordinary consumers never had a change...

  32. Simon B

    A pointless vote screwed :D can you do local ballet voting too? ;)

    The most influential people ... who cares?!!! Nice one for screwing up a pointless vote :D

  33. Anonymous Coward
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    Re: Jesus...

    Just remember - what you've seen can't be unseen.

    Epic lulz.

  34. Trevor


    ...they need some dog curtains.

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