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Anonymous Attacks or: How I learned to be an idiot on the web.
John Mackey was your everyday, run of the mill, CEO. He founded Whole Foods Market (a store that sells naturally grown foods) in 1980 for $45,000 borrowed from family. Twenty-seven years and around 200 stores later, he wound up piloting a ship with revenue of around $5 billion USD.
Awesome you say. Classic American rags to riches story told to every good capitalistic little girl and boy to make them work hard and grow our GDP. Heard it a million times, so what's so special about this guy? Well he might lose it all because he spent some time 'maeking poast' on an internet message board. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118418782959963745.html
Under the pseudonym Rahodeb, he went onto Yahoo's financial board and waxed poetic on such topics as life, love, Whole Foods Markets and it's competitors. Apparently a few clever forumers on Yahoo! eventually figured out who he was, and he pretty much admited to it in his last post 1100 messages later. But no one pays attention to a bunch of nerds on the internet and it wasn't 'publicly' known until the FTC published a report on Whole Foods and it's most recent aquisition. I'm not sure how much of an effect Rahodeb had on the stock market, but if even one investor was swayed by his postings then there's a problem especially if the CEOs knowledge was used. Even if his posting didn't have an effect on his stock or the stock of his competitors, should he be punished? I don't know of any specific laws against businesses posting anonymously on the internet, although that might change..
I'm not so high up on the corporate food chain that I can give out inside information that could shake markets, but I am privy to certain practices and technology that I'd feel uncomfortable disclosing. The thought that something I post accidentally or on purpose on a psudo-anonymous message board coming back years later to bite me in the ass is kinda scary, and I think as more people spend more time on the internet, we'll see more of this type of thing happening uh... more often. I made this thread partly because I thought this particular story was funny, and I can relate to the guy on some level. This story also brings up the bigger question of how we handle our anonymity (if at all) on the internet and how it can effect us for good or for bad.