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October 31, 2011
A Note About Identity Spoofing
Over the weekend, it became clear to me that there had been a case of identity spoofing in the comments to this post. A person had left comments while claiming to be a Merck HR employee, but this same Merck employee contacted me, in understandable confusion, when colleagues asked him about this. That's because he'd never posted anything here at all.
I'd wondered at the time about what was going on - neither of the comments were posted from a Merck IP address, but that wasn't necessarily surprising either way. But hearing from the person himself, most definitely from Merck this time, made up my mind very quickly.
There have been occasional games played around here in the comments section, and most of it's harmless. I'll let jokes through that claim to be from various Nobel Prize candidates - that's just the Internet doing one of the things it's good at. But deliberate assumption of identity like this is another thing altogether. The original comments have been deleted, and the responses to them are now "inoperative", as they used to say in Nixon's day.
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