This morning, John McAfee woke up alive. Granted, if you’ve been following the anti-virus software pioneer gone wild, that could come as a surprise. But, nope, contrary to reports yesterday from the legitimate-sounding outlet Indymedia Ireland that he had died in a Las Vegas hotel room, he’s still kicking.
Famously elusive street artist Banksy has not been arrested. His real identity has not been revealed. His name is not Paul William Horner.
But you’d be forgiven for thinking so. Earlier today, outlets like Jezebel, Complex and Death and Taxes published stories saying that Banksy had been arrested by British police. These outlets sourced their reports to a press release that purported to be from the BBC, posted on the press release hub PRLog. (The release has since been removed.)
Yesterday, a Reddit user named “delverofsecrets” posted on the social news site claiming that a homeless man had wordlessly handed him a note on the subway encrypted with some sort of code. The site’s users immediately jumped on it, and one named SirSpam28 cracked it: “It uses the Bifid Cipher as I said before, with a g -> a alphabet translation,” he wrote.