Whoops: Internet Explorer IQ Story a Hoax

Site was a fly-by-night creation
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2011 11:26 AM CDT
Google's Chrome browser shortcut is shown next to Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser shortcut during a news conference at Google Inc. headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Tuesday, Spet. 2, 2008.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – Well, looks like we better not talk about anyone’s IQ for a while: A story circulated last week about a study showing that Internet Explorer users had lower IQs than users of other browsers (we summarized it here). But it turns out the study was a hoax, reports the BBC, which also fell for the ruse. ApTiquant, the company allegedly behind the study, had only recently put its website up, and its staff images were swiped from a legit business in Paris.

The Paris company said it had no knowledge of ApTiquant. “It’s obviously very easy to create a bogus site like this,” says one security expert. “As all phishers know it’s easy to rip-off someone else’s webpages and pictures.” (Read more Internet Explorer stories.)

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