Hackers Rig Ugliest Dog Competition
Poor Pee Wee Martini.
The 2-year-old Chinese Crested/Japanese Chin mix was leading in the online World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, a canine version of the People’s Choice Awards for the funny-looking critters.
Then computer hackers broke into the Sonoma-Marin Fair Web site and erased 40,000 votes for Pee Wee and stole 30,000 from an Italian greyhound named Victoria while they were at it.
That put Lucille Bald — a purebred Chinese Crested from Florida — in the lead until fair officials noticed the vote theft.
”Everything was going really well, we were getting a huge amount of hits,” Tawny Tesconi, chief executive of the Sonoma-Marin Fair, said Thursday. ”Then votes started changing.”
To make sure every dog gets ”a fair shake,” the online voting for the popular winner will start over May 22, Tesconi said.
The popular World’s Ugliest Dog Contest has been drawing entries from around the country to Petaluma for the past 17 years. An online competition was added this year for fun.