L.A. Times Hacking Scandal Alleged On Heels Of News Corp., Says Attorney

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Robert Silverman, Attorney For Weight Loss & LAP-BAND® Marketing Company 1-800-GET-THIN Alleges Hacking & Deletion of Reader’s Comments, Sharing of Ad Revenue with Editorial Content.

In what appears to be a news organization out of control highlighted by group hacking incidents, such alleged unethical conduct is not an isolated incident but a potential “class wide” or "industry" problem spanning not just through the United Kingdom and News Corp but in the USA as well, allegedly with Tribune Corp. and its core subsidiary, The Los Angeles Times, according to attorney Robert Silverman.  

Allegedly, “The LA Times has been hacking into its own blogs and sanitizing anything that could disrupt or interfere with generating revenues through the sharing of advertising revenue with editorial content,” according to a lawsuit filed in Federal Court in Los Angeles.  1 800 GET THIN ( http://www.1800getthin.com ), a major marketing company for medical weight loss, filed a lawsuit in US District Court accusing the LA Times of hacking into website blogs that were supposed to be an uncensored free speech forums. The lawsuit alleges that any comment that was favorable to 1 800 GET THIN was instantly deleted. Attorney Robert Silverman said, “We allege we caught the LA Times red handed, hacking their own blogs, erasing reader comments, and using a secret ‘hacking’ process to erase what they didn’t like.” Reference: ( 1 800 GET THIN v. Michael Hiltzik, etc et al., United States Federal District Court, Central District of California. Case Number CV11-0505 ODW. )
 
 “This appears to be a problem of recidivism,” says attorney Robert Silverman as the lawsuit alleges that an L.A. Times writer was hacking into company computers when he was stationed in the Times’ Moscow Bureau. The Times suspended him then.” ( http://independentsources.com/2006/04/20/michael-hiltziks-other-user-ids/ ) “But despite this, the Times reinstated him, and we allege he did it again.  This time he was suspended for making “fake” blog comments under false names and “shill aliases” to make it look like people agreed with his columns," Silverman said. ( Los Angeles Times Yanks Columnist's Blog - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/20/AR2006042002375.html )
 
The lawsuit alleges that the actions of the LA Times are not confined just to to one writer, but reflect a class -wide corporate culture. 1 800 GET THIN’s lawsuit alleges that when the Times published an article on June 11, 2011, readers reacted by writing favorable things about the weight loss marketing company and how 1 800 GET THIN’s surgical center clients had a better record than most elite medical centers in America.  Allegedly The Times immediately deleted the positive comments.  Silverman alleges that’s censorship. “There was nothing improper about the comments,” Silverman says.  “if the Times doesn’t agree with a blogger, we allege they hack them right out of the website." 
          
For media inquiries contact Robert Silverman - email to silveratty(at)gmail(dot)com
 
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