Thursday, January 9, 2020

Paul Krugman's Odd Adventure (Unedited Thread 1/9/2020)

Let’s take a look at @PaulKrugman and his claims regarding his computer.
Sorry the link doesn’t work it’s there for posterity. Cutting and pasting the text into the next tweet. 
“Well, I’m on the phone with my computer security service, and as I understand it someone compromised my IP address and is using it to download child pornography. I might just be a random target. But this could be an attempt to Qanon me.

It’s an ugly world out there. 
The first sentence tells us that Krugman has a “computer security service.” I don’t know if that means a small company that keeps his computer tuned up or if that means a big company with a software product. I am guessing the former. 
The second sentence tells us that he has been given to “understand” (presumably by the “computer security company”) that “someone compromised my IP address and is using it to download child pornography.” 
So this either means that he was away from the computer when his “security company” alerted him (that seems implausible, unless he runs a website or server at home and there’s downtime), or he was using the computer and found CP. 
Now let me pause here to tell you all a story. 
If you use Facebook and have a lot of Facebook friends, and they send you messages you do not open, and you archive your Facebook and do a backup, and sync your backup with with Google Photos, the FB photos go into Google. 
It happened to us, and we called the FBI, because there were weird photos (like foreign photos) in Google Photos, and we were petrified. 
I don’t think this adequately conveys petrified. 
When I discovered this stuff I thought maybe terrorists were trying to threaten me. 
I said to my husband what should I do? I said to my daughter what do you think?

“Call the FBI.” 
I called the FBI and the operator had no idea what I was talking about. 
Now I am kind of laughing but it’s scary. It’s REALLY scary. Like how the fuck did pictures get on my computer? What ARE these? 
The only saving grace was that the images included weird pro-Trump memes and Jewish stuff. So I thought maybe that was downloaded and we forgot. 
But it was *too* weird. It wasn’t us. 
Well the FBI ended up calling and I spoke to an agent. He could not figure it out either. And then it dawned on me. 
I had *just* done a computer tuneup (I am the computer person in the family). I updated Microsoft Office and Google Photos and changed the settings. And with all the backing up - Google Photos grabbed all the screenshots. 
Not screenshots from the phone, but screenshots from the Facebook Archive. Which somehow (I don’t know how you modify this setting) will download media onto your machine. 
Now, Facebook in my mind is a very bad place because hackers and scammers proliferate. I think it is a good idea to delete Facebook messages immediately, block unknown senders, etc. 
Because what Paul Krugman talked about is theoretically possible, if someone is bad, they can send you bad media in a message, and even if you don’t download it, if you archive your FB, those messages can be archived too. 
I looked on FB for how to change that setting and couldn’t find it. 
You can modify your Google Photos/Google Backup and Sync settings to limit what it picks up, but that doesn’t solve the problem on the Facebook side. 
Long story short the FBI was very nice and very thorough. I was very impressed with their professionalism. 
But from the conversation one of the takeaways was, in my mind, that the Internet is a very dangerous place and most people walk around clueless. 
I really would not have anticipated that scenario. 
However, this doesn’t answer the question of how CP landed on Paul Krugman’s computer. 
It seems to me that there are only 3 possibilities.

1. Krugman knowingly had CP.

2. Krugman unknowingly had CP.
- He downloaded it
- Someone else transferred it

3. Someone told Krugman he had CP, but he didn’t. 
PK: “Well, I’m on the phone with my computer security service, and as I understand it someone compromised my IP address and is using it to download child pornography. I might just be a random target. But this could be an attempt to Qanon me.

It’s an ugly world out there.” 
That is just a very strangely worded Tweet. He doesn’t say:

“Well, I was attacked today by someone who put CP on my computer.”

He says: “as I understand it.”

He says: “someone compromised my IP address and is using it.” 
It sounds like Krugman was nervous. He does not seem composed.

Why is Krugman nervous? 
Well, you might say that he has just been alerted to CP on his machine. But for that to be plausible, the computer tech would have had to be working on his laptop, and come across CP, and alerted him. 
What it sounds like is that he had someone working on the laptop and the person told Krugman, and Krugman flipped out because he’d been caught. 
Now I don’t know this person. I am just thinking out loud. But it sounds almost like “sputtering” talk, like the way Hanks looked at the Golden Globes, like a freakout. 
I heard a story once about a Federal worker (I don’t know who it is or if it’s true.) 
The guy was arrested for viewing CP at work. 
As the police led him out of the agency in handcuffs, he shouted: “How dare you take my printouts off the shared printer!” 
Yeah. Criminals lie. 
But “as I understand it” is a very distanced way of talking about a terrible, scary, upsetting and illegal thing. 
So that is weird. 
The other weird thing is Krugman seeming at once ignorant of Q language, but deeply fearful. 
He almost seems more upset about getting *caught by QAnon* than about the prospect of having CP on his computer (most people would be upset at the CP itself). 
Krugman seems to have an image in his mind of a mythical man with a sword, QAnon, coming to out him. (To be “QAnoned.”) 
Thinking about it also, Krugman is in the end a journalist for the New York Times. So getting the facts right does matter - but he rushes to say something he clearly cannot defend (“compromised my IP address and is using it to download CP”)
If the computer tech found it on the machine, the computer tech would not know whether Krugman downloaded it or not. And would not know how a hacker put it there, exactly. But certainly wouldn’t talk of a “compromised IP address,” which is nonsense from a cybersecurity standpoint 
Now I will say that I regularly get kicked off the Internet when tweeting controversial things, even though the VPN still shows green, so maybe I don’t know what is possible.

But there is no such thing as a “compromised IP.” And IP is only identity, not a download mechanism. 
Ok, so Krugman’s first instinct on having CP enter his orbit (even if this was an incorrect impression) Tweet it. That seems like an exceedingly guilty conscience at work. 
The next thing he does, instead of calling law enforcement (he must know to contact the FBI, right? Right?) is to call...his editor. “The Times is now on the case.”
Ok so remember the time stamp on the first tweet. It was 1:24 pm. We are in the same time zone - Eastern.
The second tweet comes at 4:03. So that’s about 1.5 hours. It takes him 1.5 hours to tell us that...his editors are handling it?

Wouldn’t the “computer security company” that alerted him, also be handling the quarantine and reporting? Keeping evidence for the FBI?
Four hours later, 8:18 pm, after what must have been an evening from hell, and after we have all seen and chewed over the original Tweet, Krugman deletes it.
So despite hiring a computer security company, he says, Krugman is now trusting the judgment of his editor, who apparently has the expertise to declare “it may have been a scam.” 
That’s just laughable. 
And Krugman still seems to show no emotion about the victims of CP or anything like that. 
To go back to the beginning of the first tweet, there is a noticeably self-pitying statement about being a target, either randomly or of the reputed QAnon conspiracy team.

“It’s an ugly world out there,” he intones.
The whole thing reminded me of others who were careless and the public scrutiny caught them by surprise. 
Stopping now to read what you’re all saying 
Ok I see an error. It’s about 2.5 hours between the first and second tweet. Not 1.5. 
This response gets to the question of a hacker planting evidence on someone’s computer, which (apart from Krugman) is something we should more fully explore.

Here is another one (11/15/18), same pattern. Krugman “got a notification” “someone tried to sign me up” “live sex cams” — “it wasn’t me.”

It’s a matter of about 2 hours before the Tweets go private. 
Also part of the pattern: to claim that it’s targeting or “harassment.” 
1. Feigns ignorance of technical things
2. It’s cybersex related
3. Someone targeted/harassed him
4. It wasn’t him
5. He’s giving you advance warning 
Same thing. 10/10/18.

Thank you to the people finding this information and sharing it. 
3/18/2012, “Porn in the USA,” “no special insight,” “the conscience of a liberal”


I do remember the whole Kurt Eichenwald thing.

This mocked-up offensive tweet shows that it is the communication that matters as much as the content of what did or didn’t occur.…
“This is a bizarre one” declares the Economic Policy Journal, which to me sounds like a polite way to express doubt in Krugman’s credibility.
Someone posted a technical comment underneath which is worth paying attention to.

BLUF: Secure your router. Use a complicated password. Use a VPN even at home.
“it sounds as if Krugman has an insecure wireless router and one of his neighbors or some random person nearby has been able to connect their computer to his router and is using his internet connection.” 
“Alternatively his router could have been compromised from over the internet but that's generally more difficult. Usually the goal there is to see what's behind the router's firewall on the local network.” 
“I suppose some could, if the router is vulnerable from the manufacturer and they changed the firmware, use it to hide behind remotely.” 
Also don’t name your router [Your Name] 
*home network 
“Of course he'll think it's targeting him but in reality the most likely explanation is someone went looking for vulnerable router and happened to find Krugman's.” 
I think we have established a pattern with Krugman, where initially one was not evident.

We also have established it’s possible but far fetched that evidence is planted.

Now I want to look at his Trump hate. 
“If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never.” 
“Under any circumstances, putting an irresponsible, ignorant man who takes his advice from all the wrong people in charge of the nation with the world’s most important economy would be very bad news.” 

Okay, wait a minute. 
“Krugman earned his B.A. summa cum laude in economics from Yale University in 1974”…

Yale is a CIA feeder school.
“While at MIT, he was part of a small group of MIT students sent to work for the Central Bank of Portugal for three months in the summer of 1976, during the chaotic aftermath of the Carnation Revolution.”… 
Carnation Revolution: “1974 military coup in Lisbon which overthrew the authoritarian Estado Novo regime”…
“‘We're all socialists now,’ Mr. Krugman says. ‘No one is talking about the markets solving this problem on their own anymore. We're going to rescue the banks. The question is how.’” 
Oh my God.

The whole thing is a scam.

It’s a 2020 campaign stunt by Krugman - an excuse to demonize Trump followers as deranged.

Hear me out.
Krugman made the whole thing up.

The whole thing.

There was never any kiddie porn at all.
What Krugman was after was to smear QAnon. A powerful social force that will help get @POTUS re-elected, with God’s help.
Krugman had to figure out a way to smear Q, without getting into any trouble.

How do I know he would do this? 
“According to Krugman, his interest in economics began with Isaac Asimov's Foundation novels, in which the social scientists of the future use a new science of "psychohistory" to try to save civilization.”… 
Interview, U.S. Economist Krugman Wins Nobel Prize in Economics "PBS, Jim Lehrer News Hour" Archived 1/22/14, at Wayback Machine, 10/13/08, transcript Retrieved 10/14/08

The New York Times, August 6, 2009, "Up Front: Paul Krugman" Archived 1/27/17, at the Wayback Machine 
“Since present-day science fell far short of "psychohistory", Krugman turned to economics as the next best thing.” 
Krugman wanted to save the world. 
He wanted to predict what people would do, so he could change it. 
“Psychohistory is a fictional science in Isaac Asimov's Foundation universe which combines history, sociology, and mathematical statistics to make general predictions about the future behavior of very large groups of people.”… 
Krugman blamed Hillary when @POTUS won: “Faced with subversion of American democracy by foreign [government] and rogue FBI, 'Hillary should have run a better campaign' not a good response,’ Krugman said.”
Krugman has been writing angrily about @POTUS and he wants the President to lose next time. So he is trying to help 2020 from the sidelines. 
This whole concocted, ridiculous story was all about attacking Q - helping to get it taken out of commission - by publishing false stories. Like the one about the CPS mom trying to get her young son back.
Krugman, you failed, man.
On every level - you failed.

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PS - and that is why Krugman was so “dumb” (not dumb) as to announce a CP mishap on Twitter.

Yale, training?

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Update, January 9: 2020

Sometimes the simplest hypothesis makes the most sense.

By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. Public domain.