Well, go to the ‘Noxious Nigel’ website today and all the previous stories and offers to pay for dirt have been removed, and replaced with a post that claims the whole thing was a social engineering hack to get access to local multinationals’ computing environments. Apparently by getting them to run a file… don’t remember seeing anything like that in the original site.
The top banner, that suggested that ‘Noxious Nigel’ was really a certain Tony B has also been removed.
What I think really happened is that ‘Noxious Nigel’ got some serious traffic after the commotion of last week, followed by wet feet (and possibly a skrik at the fact that some people had figured out who he was) and a retraction of the Digital Planet / HP story. If not, then some system administrators have got their work cut out for them today! Either way, Noxious Nigel makes headlines in the blogosphere, again.
EDIT: Today the site is home to ‘Merriweather, Ives and Taylor’ – a corporate risk company. This gets more ridiculous by the second. I still have a grab of the original Digital Planet / HP story though, and I will put this up on my site later – it smacks of personal vendetta. And if a corporate risk company thinks that personally attacking and insulting people is a good way to build business then I honestly hope they sink in the market. Pathetic.