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'Sh*tMyDadSays' Twitter feed hacked

The Sh*tMyDadSays Twitter feed is hacked purportedly by a Dell ad that leads to a make-money-quick Web site. Is nothing sacred? Can hackers not write better ads?

There is never enough time in the day for fun. And hackers do like to have their fair share.

However, I am concerned that perhaps they are sometimes being too hasty and too thoughtless in their frolics around the Web.

You see, the rather popular Sh*tMyDadSays Twitter feed, which offers the real sayings of a slightly jaded former nuclear medicine worker, has been hacked. I suppose that when you have almost 2 million followers you become prey to this sort of thing, so perhaps no one should really be all that surprised.

Security expert Sophos explained that a post on the Sh*tMyDadSays feed said: "wow I just got a free dell laptop LOL ". The link, disappointingly, led to a fine and upstanding site that told you of a woman in Wyoming who was making $6,595 a month, part-time.

A sample of true "Sh*tMyDadSays" humor. Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Sophos couldn't tell whether this was a case of a phished password or spyware. However, Justin Halpern, creator of the Twitter feed that turned into a CBS sitcom, posted Tuesday: "Sorry, sh*t my dad says got hacked. My dad isn't trying to sell you a crappy lap top, I promise. Don't open any links."

The strange thing is that, perhaps because of the demands of the CBS sitcom, Sh*tMyDadSays has enjoyed very few posts lately. And some might wonder why hackers, if they truly would like to fool people into following their links, don't take a little more trouble over the, um, writing.

"wow I just got a free dell laptop LOL" just doesn't seem terribly well thought through.

Please consider the last post to Sh*tMyDadSays: "He's a politician. It's like being a hooker. You can't be one unless you can pretend to like people while you're f***ing them." This offered irony, deep feeling, and a vast knowledge of the world's workings. It makes the hackers' copy stand out rather painfully.

Surely hackers are able to offer something a little more cultured. As Halpern senior offered to his son's Twitter feed on 4 May: "YOU, a published writer?..Internet don't count. Any a**hole can throw sh*t up on there." (Book On Sale Today!)"

Yes, any, um, hacker can throw, er, stuff up there. But wouldn't it be a little more fun if that stuff was at least funny?