Tuesday, November 04, 2008

GMU's Election Day Hoax

George Mason University officials are investigating a hoax email sent under the provost’s name stating that election day has been moved to tomorrow.

“The person, whoever did this, was able to enter a closed listserv,” said Dan Walsch, a press secretary with the university. He said that the hoax email did not target one party or another.

Provost Peter N. Stearns responded with at least two real emails:

“Dear Colleagues,

"It has come to my attention early this morning that a message was hacked into the system fraudulently stating that election day has been moved.

"I am sure everybody realizes this is a hoax, it is also a serious offense and we are looking into it. Please be reminded that election day is today, November 4th."

And another one:

"To the Mason Community:

"I hear some troubling rumors, so here are a couple of facts: 1. The election is Nov. 4, for all political parties. The notion that one party votes Nov. 5 is UNTRUE. 2. It is also UNTRUE that any student jeopardizes financial aid by voting."

The university is unsure if the hacker used a college computer, Mr. Walsch said. GMU has its main campus in Fairfax, Va., and a sattelite campus on Fairfax Drive in Arlington.

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THANKS, Steve, for the great blog. I enjoy reading it and have been a local resident and home owner for about 16 years.
Respectfully voicing just one request to your readers, based on an ongoing irritant: PLEASE everyone-- SLOW DOWN when driving in our community!!! It amazes me how disrepectful are people tearing up and down the street where I live, North Park Dr, recklessly threatening the lives of local residents and pets. No wonder so many residents want speed bumps installed. One day we even had a wild driver, speeding over a sidewalk break to a parking area, run over our dog while he was being walked by my wife. Luckily it was a tall SUV and a short dog. The wheels missed the dog so he was miraculoulsy unharmed. PLEASE SLOW DOWN, Arlingtonians !! Thank you

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