Fake Microsoft Website makes the rounds
Microsoft Corp. became the victim of a hoax Thursday when a link to a parody Web
page based on one of its "How to" instructional sites spread rapidly
around the Internet via email.
The web site, entitled "HOWTO: Read the F---ing Manual," is a spoof
of one of Microsoft's information pages, and aims its caustic and profane comments
at users who ask obvious questions about how to use their computers.
The page features familiar design elements from Microsoft's own Web site and
makes it appear that the company's network has been hacked, prompting users
to disseminate it widely among friends and coworkers. A closer look shows that
the actual page comes from a different domain.
"It's just directing users to a page hosted (on a different) Web site,"
said Microsoft spokesman Adam Sohn. "Nothing in our network has been compromised;
you're not even looking at a page that's on one of our servers."
Microsoft is investigating the source of the page because some people who receive
the link might mistake it for a Microsoft Web page, although it's not clear
if the author violated any laws, Sohn said.
The site goes on to say that the information in the article applies to "General
Lamers," and lists "the ability to read" and "basic brain
function" as prerequisites. An additional "References" section
includes advice on "How to: Read" and "How to: Apply for employment