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Lawsuit: Fox News Group Hacked, Surveilled, and Stalked Ex-Host Andrea Tantaros (arstechnica.com) 100

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Comparing their actions to the plot this season on the Showtime series Homeland, an attorney for former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros has filed a complaint in federal court against Fox News, current and former Fox executives, Peter Snyder and his financial firm Disruptor Inc., and 50 "John Doe" defendants. The suit alleges that collective participated in a hacking and surveillance campaign against her. Tantaros filed a sexual harassment suit against Roger Ailes and Fox News in August of 2016, after filing internal complaints with the company about harassment dating back to February of 2015. She was fired by the network in April of 2016, as Tantaros continued to press complaints against Fox News' then-Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly, and others. Tantaros had informed Fox that she would be filing a lawsuit over the alleged sexual harassment. Tantaros claims that as early as February of 2015, a group run out of a "black room" at Fox News engaged in surveillance and electronic harassment of her, including the use of "sock puppet" social media accounts to electronically stalk her. Tantaros' suit identifies Peter Snyder and Disruptor Inc. as the operators of a social influence operation using "sock puppet" accounts on Twitter and other social media.
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Lawsuit: Fox News Group Hacked, Surveilled, and Stalked Ex-Host Andrea Tantaros

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  • by 110010001000 ( 697113 ) on Friday April 28, 2017 @09:03AM (#54318793) Homepage Journal
    Is electronic stalking illegal?
    • by quantaman ( 517394 ) on Friday April 28, 2017 @10:03AM (#54319069)

      Is electronic stalking illegal?

      If it's persistent and outrageous enough it can be harassment. But this stalking was done by Fox News while she was suing them, and the accounts were used to disseminate private information obtained through illegal hacking. If it can be proven I suspect a Judge will find something very illegal was going on.

    • by rgmoore ( 133276 ) <glandauer@charter.net> on Friday April 28, 2017 @10:50AM (#54319357) Homepage

      Retaliation for various kinds of employee whistleblowing, including complaints about sexual harassment, is illegal. If they really were electronically stalking her as retaliation for her sexual harassment complaint, that would be grounds for a lawsuit even if the same actions would otherwise be perfectly legal.

    • Numerous court cases have set the precedent that "I did it on the Internet so it's not illegal" isn't usually a defense.
  • by Maritz ( 1829006 ) on Friday April 28, 2017 @09:06AM (#54318803)
    Everyone on slashdot should be familiar with sock puppets.
    • by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 28, 2017 @09:15AM (#54318837)
      You're so right buddy also you're awesome BTW.
  • by Nutria ( 679911 ) on Friday April 28, 2017 @09:23AM (#54318863)

    I have no idea who Andrea Tantaros is.

    • Re: (Score:1, Flamebait)

      She's not a blonde like the majority of Fox women. I'm surprised she got hired in the first place.
      • She's not a blonde like the majority of Fox women. I'm surprised she got hired in the first place.

        Well, when they do get non-blondes, they are usually HOT!!

        The latest one that I"m drooling over is Abby Huntsman [google.com]....WoW!!

        • by Nutria ( 679911 )

          when they do get non-blondes, they are usually HOT!!

          The ones on Red Eye sure did melt steel. (Now that I've googled "Andrea Tantaros", I do recognize her.)

          • Yep...say what you want about Fox News, but they sure do win when it comes to the "Hot News Chick" category.
            • I'd rather get my news from Castle Anthrax. The women in Fox Castle are just too perilous.
            • Remember, this is the same pack of clowns who recommended that McCain choose Sarah Palin for a running mate.

              Thanks John- now whenever I need to suppress an erection I have someone to think about other than my mother.
      • Fox News is trying to create a more diverse workplace.

        "We got blondes, redheads, brunettes..."

  • For the last week or so /. has been hard to read because all the comments are squashed up in the left half of the screen. If you zoom in to read more easily it's even worse!
    Am I the only one to notice this? I haven't seen anyone mention it (not that it's easy to read comments now).
    What's going on? Same on a number of browsers and PC's, NoScript or not.
    WTF?

    Thanks in advance for any replies

    • I've seen this problem only on my iPhone. Not seeing it on the PC.
      • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

        Seems to be a cold war going on with ad-blockers. They tried to make the ads under the summary hard to ad-block with simple filters. You need to use CSS selectors to get rid of them.

        Bring back subscriptions. I'm happy to pay for the abuse I get here.

    • by jafiwam ( 310805 )

      Someone is messing with the columns and DIVs on slashdot and has completely messed it up. Account information box floating all over the fucking place (hey, morons, I know who I am, I don't need it giant size right there on the screen) covering up content

      Then they fixed that by shoving the column over to the left taking up half the screen.

      Two words for you morons: "Staging" "Environment"

      Then, maybe some "testing"

      But whatever, the content, submissions, editing, and comments are all crap now too so I supp

    • For the last week or so /. has been hard to read because all the comments are squashed up in the left half of the screen. If you zoom in to read more easily it's even worse! Am I the only one to notice this? I haven't seen anyone mention it (not that it's easy to read comments now). What's going on? Same on a number of browsers and PC's, NoScript or not. WTF?

      Thanks in advance for any replies

      Must be just you. /. has worked fine in chrome on android and firefox on windows all week for me. Maybe reset your browser to factory default and disable your addons?

    • by Anonymous Coward
      Because they are comments from progressives. If they were from conservatives, they would be bunched up on the right!
    • On Firefox I get a stripe like what I'm told is called "a half Brazilian" at any zoom level where the text is readable.

      It's OK on chrome. However it was working on FF before, I haven't upgraded it or anything.

      Perhaps some genius is being the clever dickie with the user-agent header.

      Are we back to the days of "This site best viewed with Nutscrape Nevergetthere"?

  • by JustNiz ( 692889 ) on Friday April 28, 2017 @09:51AM (#54318999)

    Why is this even on Slashdot?

    • Why is this even on Slashdot?

      What hacking & surveillance aren't enough for you?

    • Because there just aren't enough Microsoft stories anymore, and if slashdot commenters go 24 hours without squee'ing "M$" or "Faux News" somewhere, they feel they have written nothing clever all day. The slashdot editors are concerned about their readers' self-esteem and are happy to oblige them.
    • One would think you would want to know how your go-to news source is a propaganda machine strait from the insiders.
    • I have a question too- why does this same stupid comment get posted in every story on Slashdot?
  • Unprecedented (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Fire_Wraith ( 1460385 ) on Friday April 28, 2017 @10:01AM (#54319049)
    This is completely shocking. Who would have thought that a subsidiary of News Corporation would stoop to something like hacking and electronic surveillance? /s
    • This is completely shocking. Who would have thought that a subsidiary of News Corporation would stoop to something like hacking and electronic surveillance? /s

      Next she'll be saying they hacked her phone... oh wait

    • by Thud457 ( 234763 )
      That reference is so long ago, it's pre-President-Trump era, before time slowed to a crawl. Nobody remembers what you're babbling about.
      [citation needed] [wikipedia.org]
  • Now all we would need is an independent FBI and Justice Department to investigate News Corp....

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    (me rolling on floor laughing)

    Another record high temperature day by the Beach

  • by hey! ( 33014 ) on Friday April 28, 2017 @10:08AM (#54319095) Homepage Journal

    You lie down with dogs and you get up with fleas.

    • She agrees to go to work for known scumbags and then complains when she gets scumbaggered. Grandpa was right: Fleas.

    • It's more like she didn't want to lie down with dogs, she just wanted to work for them.

      And yes, I am purposefully being thick here. Even if she worked at a nightclub with real scum bags, I would still want her protected.

  • by ilsaloving ( 1534307 ) on Friday April 28, 2017 @10:35AM (#54319269)

    It appears Fox is unravelling at the seams.

    Apparently some wishes do come true.

    • As long as there's a market for right wing nonsense, there'll always be something like Fox News. If it really does crash and burn, expect Brietbart TV or Stormfront Vision to take its place.

  • This was the headline there:
    Lawsuit: Fox News group hacked, surveilled, and stalked ex-host Andrea Tantaros

    And the headline for the story right next to it:
    Ars Technica Live: Why it’s important to defend hackers, even the not nice ones

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