Gizmodo Pranks CES

This Gizmodo prank is slightly funny – until you realize that people are trying to work in this type of environment.

I wonder how Gizmodo would feel if people were to launch a distributed denial of service attack against gizmodo.com.

Not that I’m advocating such a thing. I wonder if a Youtube video of HTTP timeouts on Gizmodo.com would be just as funny.

Update: Wow. This really blew up.

Matthew Ingram thinks I’m nuts. I don’t see how it’s over the top. If someone were to take Gizmodo off the net how would this be different?

I tend to agree with Ewan though – CES is ruined for bloggers. If I were a conference organizer I’d uninvite every Gawker representative moving forward.

Update 2: It’s already happening. No soup for you from CES.

A blogger for Gizmodo, a part of Gawker Media, has been banned from the Consumer Electronics Show, the biggest annual event in the tech industry, after he walked around the floor of the show turning off flat-screen monitors with a remote device.

“The Gizmodo staffer interfered with the exhibitor booth operations of numerous companies, including disrupting at least one press event,” the C.E.S. said in a statement. “The Gizmodo staffer violated the terms of C.E.S. media credentials and caused harm to C.E.S. exhibitors. This Gizmodo staffer has been identified and will be barred from attending any future C.E.S. events. Additional sanctions against Gizmodo and Gawker are being reviewed.


  1. Right on. It’s a denial of service attack.

    We depend on people not doing every nasty thing they can do to people.

    Thanks for having the guts to say this.

  2. I wonder if this actually qualifies as a crime?

    It’s a funny prank for your friends but not so fun when you’re doing it in a business environment where people are trying to change the world.

    People who go to CES seem to care about their work and their technology and I doubt they’d find this humorous.

  3. This year they complained about getting blogger badges instead of press badges. I wonder what they’ll have to go through next year to get anything.

  4. Ha…. awesome Eliot!

  5. I agree – it was irresponsible and disrespectful. Having fun is one thing, but this was way over the line considering this is a business event, not a personal sharing of tech.

  6. stonemirror

    In Las Vegas, it actually does count as a crime. They’ve got strict laws against interfering with the operations of other people’s electronic devices…






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