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Leo Laporte is an Elite Hacker

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

Leo Laporte — radio DJ who discovered he could fool people into thinking he was a geek — gave out his wiki’s address, running on his Mac Pro at his home, live on This Week in Google.

What followed was a series of rapid edits, much to everyone’s amusement. The wiki was unauthenticated, and collaborative editing is the purpose of a wiki.

Even though nobody who edited his wiki did anything wrong, he decided to threaten those who visited his public wiki, which you can see in the video above.

During the This Week in Tech pre-show, he claimed his wiki and Minecraft server functioned as a honeypot, while Jason C. Cleanthes (EffenDumb) did his dumb fake laugh and talked over Leo Laporte constantly.

Here’s the best part: Leo’s lie about getting people’s IPs is as transparent as Father Robert Ballecer’s lies, because the wiki he was running is open source. There is no logging of IP addresses.

The request logging uses this format:

:method :url :status :res[content-length] - :response-time ms


GET /welcome-visitors.html 200 3103 - 59.461 ms
GET /style.css 200 7501 - 17.738 ms
GET /theme/style.css 200 0 - 25.627 ms

“So… nice job.”
— Leo Laporte

Furthermore, did a law enforcement entity give Leo Laporte subpoena powers? Can he now connect IPs to people? If so, what unlawful activity is Officer Laporte investigating? Editing a public, unauthenticated wiki to include content he would rather not be there?