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'President_Clinton' wants more Net porn

'President_Clinton' wants more Net porn

US President Bill Clinton may have second thoughts the next time he is invited to an online interview after a chat participant last week managed to hijack the name President_Clinton, and make comments that appeared to be from Bill himself.

What has been described as a "prank" has left media giant CNN red-faced and caught the attention of other media houses around the world. During an "Ask the President" online chat, the President appeared to say, "Personally, I would like to see more porn on the Internet."

Computer security consultant Christopher Petro has, as they say, become an instant celebrity, and is already doing the rounds of American talk shows. He has established a Website (http://www.boredom.org/cnn) with background to the stunt and links to his growing list of media appearances.

It appears the Valentine's Day Internet appearance was too much of a temptation for Petro, aka "Wankel", his preferred Internet handle. Petro said that the nickname is not any sort of sexual term, but a reference to the ingenious motor design known as the Wankel Rotary Combustion Engine.

After a crash of the system involved in the chat, Wankel logged back into the chat, changing his nickname to President_Clinton and getting the comment onto the site before minders realised what had happened.

Media appearances already include Good Morning America, and the Website carries an advertisement for a T-shirt maker in anticipating a possible "Free Wankel" campaign.

"This should serve as a reminder to all other online outlets that security is not something to be overlooked, even on a system as seemingly trivial as an IRC chat server," Petro said.

Sandy Cremorne is an ARN Tabloid correspondent


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