> By Joe K. WTF II
It's like insider dealing only on the outside.
If you were inside you could illegally manipulate things to scam money on unsuspecting investors. People don't do it because it is illegal. Enron and such come to mind.
On the outside you can set up rumours in popular watering holes. It's called Slander or Libel. It can cost a firm money, like the early assaults via the Internet on Proctor and Campbell and MacDonalds and etc.
E-mails full of lies were sent in chains with the intent of putting people off using them or just having a cheap laugh. But the rumours cost millions. And innocent people got hurt.
So other counter rumour mongers set up sites like Urban Legend and Snopes' etc.
So if you get in with Jones' and co and start putting rumours out about the Utah company, the shares will fall and you can buy them or get someone to buy them. Then you can strip their assets if they go bump. Or you can catch the customers as they leave.
And if you pick a firm that is just ripe, you can cost them a fortune and they won't be able to pay the lawyers to sue you. Or they will be forced to try and sue Jones' first leaving a pit like SCO dug, for innocent parties to fall into.
And if they lose, the freedom of the internet is at stake so we don't want the rumour spreaders caught.
Personally, I'd change the law over-night, catch the crooks and hang them after watching their wives and children being raped and butchered in front of them.
Then I'd start on their cronies.
And then the 419ers.
Then Tory B Liar after letting him know what was coming and stopping him fleeing to Washington.