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Hacker Poses as NY Gov. Cuomo on Twitter

Monday, 03 Jan 2011 01:00 PM

A string of Twitter posts from @NYGovernor that looked official enough -- at first -- were the work of a college student posing as the state's new chief executive, The New York Times reports. So, no, that wasn't really Gov. Andrew P. Cuomo complaining about parking space for muscle cars and name-checking former "Luv Guv" Eliot Spitzer.

Twitter,New York Gov.Andrew P. Cuomo,prank,fake tweets,Nicholas M. Fahrenkopf,University of Albany,@NY Governor,@NYGovCuomo,Luv Gov,The New York TimesUniversity of Albany student Nicholas M. Fahrenkopf got a hold of @NYGovernor account after discovering the state had set it up but wasn't using it. So while the real governor's tweets were coming from @NYGovCuomo, Fahrenkopf was fielding questions and congratulations from fellow-Twitterers unaware of the prank.

He has since owned up but seems to be developing a streak of public-spiritedness, writing at one point that "if your tweets to @NYGovCuomo don't get answered, I still answer them!"


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A string of Twitter posts from NYGovernor that looked official enough -- at first -- were the work of a college student posing as the state's new chief executive, The New York Times reports. So, no, that wasn't really Gov. Andrew P. Cuomo complaining about parking space...
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