TheSpoof.com was hit by a devastating Denial of Service Attack today, in response to a story that accidentally named the creator of the Conflicker virus.
Earlier this week, occasional contributor Jon Hollander suggested that the virus, also known as Downadup was masterminded by a prominent celebrity. It was only a joke, but in fact Jon was absolutely right.
It turned out the TV presenter had unleashed the virus following the success of the film Slumdog Millionaire. The celebrity had already sold his holding in the TV game show format which is featured in the film, losing him millions of dollars in potential income.
His intention was only to infect the current owners of the game show, and his ex-wife. However things got out of hand and after millions of infections, Microsoft offered a bounty for his name.
When the story broke, the celebrity was outraged. A friend he phoned said he had vowed to get his revenge on Jon and TheSpoof.com.
The tech-savvy celebrity shut down TheSpoof.com by utilising thousands of 'SpoofBots'. This threatened to render the world empty of topical satire until the next series of Have I Got News for You, so quick-thinking Spoof-Masters deleted Jon's work, and TheSpoof.com was soon back up and running.
But the story does not end there (where it should to avoid possible relegation to the Magazine section). In a dreary room in Hertfordshire, a lonely writer confines himself to unpublished works of introspection. He has lost the impetus for comedy and cannot bring himself to put forward new parodies. Jon is worried that he has damaged his standing with other writers or has put their livelihoods at risk.
If only Microsoft had agreed to pay him the bounty. But it seems there was a clause that precluded a payout if you had already received some payment, even in points.
When we tried to contact the virus-writing celebrity for a comment, his housekeeper said he was away fishing. But she said we could email him at the address on the Chris Tarrant website.