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MATT DRUDGE // DRUDGE REPORT 2000®






XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX THU JUL 11, 2002 23:32:38 ET XXXXX

'USA TODAY' WEBSITE HACKED; PRANKSTERS MOCK BUSH, CHRISTIANITY

The USA TODAY newspaper's website was broken into late Thursday evening by hackers who put up a series of stories blasting George Bush, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Christianity.

Regular readers of the site could easily be misled because the hackers used the USA TODAY's basic design template, but multiple misspellings and bad grammar gave away the prank.

One headline entitled 'Bush proposes another new Cabinet post' linked to an article purportedly filed by the ASSOCIATED PRESS:
Washington D.C. (AP) - Today, George W. Bush has proposed yet another cabinet level position. The Cabinet Minister for Propoganda and Popular Englightenment, will be setup to complement the recent addition of the department of Homeland Defense. It is reported that, if approved, Bush would appoint Dr. Joseph Goebbels to the post.

In recent weeks Tom Ridge has complained that his department has lacked the proper authority to keep terrorists from infiltrating the american mind. 95% of Americans, in a Gallop poll, agree that we have to do all we can to rid the country of terrorists, showing the public still strongly supports president Bush in his campaign against terrorism.

If the move is succesful, people close to the Whitehouse think there could be a turf war between Goebbels and White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. Since September 11th, Fleischer has come to enjoy controling public opinion and has expressed dissatisfaction with the idea of a Popular Englightement Minister. There was a constant flow of customers buying everything.


Headlines 'Opps says the Pope; Christianity a Sham!' and 'Donald Rumsfeld: An American Beauty?' also linked to mock articles. The Rumsfeld article alleged that the Secretary of Defense is homosexual.

As of 11 pm EDT USA TODAY could no longer be accessed by the public.

Developing...

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