The Internet had a good laugh last week as the news broke that JebBush.com did not direct users to the former governor’s campaign site, as you’d expect, but instead to that of his rival, Donald Trump.
A point to The Donald. Lesser known was the counterpunch, created December 7:
It doesn’t appear the Bush campaign is behind the clever bit of misdirection, since the domain registry points to a man in Philadelphia. But it was discovered by Joshua Franklin, a cybersecurity engineer who developed a computer program to detect cybersquatting in political campaigns, a persistent dirty trick that seems to be coming back in force for 2016.
Franklin, a federal employee who coded the project on his free time with help from his father, also found bencarson2016.net, which redirects to Planned Parenthood’s website, and hillaryclinton.net, which features a photo of the Clintons with Trump.
“There weren’t too many fun Bernie ones,” he said. Thinking further, he amends: “There’s some that are Bernie looking like the doctor from Back to the Future.”