Congressional Staff Find The Internet Not As Anonymous As It Looks

October 9th, 2006

Oh Hill staffers, so dewy-eyed and young, when will you learn that IP numbers are easy to trace, email is eternal, and that Google can reunite stolen words with their source in seconds?

A superfun article by Aaron Blake in The Hill has a slew of examples of Congressional staffers being busted for online misdeeds and misjudgments. The hijinks range from plagiarism to racist comments to downright dirty tricks, all of it committed in easily traceable digital form. Let’s all deface an opponent’s Wikipedia page from our office computer! Or post inflammatory material “anonymously” on a blog! Or forget that we wrote on our MySpace profile about thinking that all Republicans should be killed….

Thanks to the PoliticsOnline Weekly PoliTicker newsletter for the tip.

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