New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote Wednesday that his computer had been hacked and that someone was "using it to download child pornography."
“Someone compromised my IP address and is using it to download child pornography,” Krugman said in a tweet to his 4.6 million followers.
“I might just be a random target. But this could be an attempt to Qanon me," he added. "It’s an ugly world out there.”
Krugman, 66, later tweeted that his employer was "on the case" and indicated he would be deleting his original post, stating that the Times told him the incident "may have been a scam."
The Times is now on the case.— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) January 8, 2020
Deleted original tweet. Times thinks it may have been a scam. Anyway, will have more security in future— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) January 8, 2020
Krugman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2008. He has been a columnist for the Times since 2000.
The Hill has reached out to the Times for comment.