Fiorina asked about cutting jobs, rogue website

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina defends her record as Hewlett-Packard chief executive on NBC’s “Meet the Press” after finding out that a cybersquatter had bought the rights to carlyfiorina.org and was using it to criticize her performance.

INTERNET (MAY 10, 2015) (REUTERS) – Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina apparently has learned something about registering website domain names.

Shortly after the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive announced her campaign last week, she found out that a cybersquatter had bought the rights to carlyfiorina.org and was using it to criticize her record.

Chuck Todd of NBC News brought up the issue while interviewing Fiorina on “Meet the Press” on Sunday (May 10) and showed the website, which features row after row of frowny-face emoticons representing 30,000 people laid off during her Hewlett-Packard tenure from 1999 to 2005.

“There’s nothing worse than laying someone off. On the other hand, many companies against which we competed are gone all together and people fail to comment on is the fact that we doubled the size of the company…We went from lagging behind in every product category to leading in every product category and yes in fact we grew jobs here in the U.S. and all over the world…I had to make some tough calls during some tough times, tough times that many technology companies didn’t survive at all,” Fiorina said.

Fiorina has acknowledged she made a mistake in not registering carlyfiorina.org first, but she is not the only 2016 presidential candidate bedeviled by cybersquatters.

Republican Ted Cruz must endure a rogue tedcruz.com site that says only “Support President Obama. Immigration Reform now”, while jebbushforpresident.com is being used by supporters of gay rights, not Jeb Bush.

The site hillaryclinton.org is not the work of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign and cyber security experts say it contains malicious software.