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NY Times’ Paul Krugman Said Hackers Downloaded Child Porn On His IP; They Didn’t

Paul Krugman fell prey to a phishing scam and live tweeted that hackers had downloaded child porn to his computer.

New York, NY – Nobel Laureate and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman learned he had fallen prey to a phishing scam on Wednesday after he tweeted that hackers were using his Internet connection to download child pornography.

Krugman appeared to have received a call on Jan. 8 from someone who claimed to be from his computer’s security company, The Washington Times reported.

“Well, I’m on the phone with my computer security service, and as I understand it someone compromised my IP address and is using it to download child pornography,” Krugman live tweeted. “I might just be a random target. But this could be an attempt to QAnon me. It’s an ugly world out there.”

“The Times is on it,” he tweeted moments later.

Hours later, the 66-year-old columnist returned to the social media platform to announce that he might have fallen for a scam, according to Mediaite.

And he deleted his original tweet.

The Twitterverse was brutal to the Nobel Prize winner in response, with some comparing him to Jussie Smollett.

“This is a matter for the FBI Paul,” conservative writer Mike Cernovich snarkily tweeted.

The criticism wasn’t limited to conservatives and political pundits.

“The only logical reason I can think of why Paul Krugman would advertise, apropos of nothing, that child pornography is “being downloaded” to his computer (and totally NOT by him) is because he got tipped that he’s about to be in deep s–t,” actor and producer Adam Trahan tweeted.

Krugman, an economist, has been a columnist for The New York Times since 2000, The Washington Times reported.

He won the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

Krugman has vented his computer woes on social media in the past and claimed Apple took hours to fix a problem with a “crippling” virus on his machine in October of 2019, The Washington Times reported.

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