Zombie Virus Hoax Is the Work of Florida Webmaster Alfred Moya

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Moya gave Obama the zombie treatment as part of the hoax
For the past week, rumors regarding the Miami Zombie attack have been going bananas on the Internet. In one version, face-eater Rudy Eugene was infected with something called the LQP-79 virus. A website and YouTube video devoted to the supposed outbreak racked up over 10,000 views in less than 24 hours. Hundreds of commentators feared that the Zombie Apocalypse had finally arrived.

It was all bullshit, of course. But that didn't stop hoax creator Alfred Moya from having some fun. "The whole underlying point of it was to make a statement about social media and mass hysteria," says the Ocala-based webmaster. "I spent about an hour and a half on the whole thing and now, five days later, people are still calling from around the world thinking that it's true."

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Alfred Moya
Moya says he stayed up until 2 or 3 a.m. last Thursday night creating the website and video. He made sure to use his real name to register the domain just to see how long it would take people to figure out that he was behind the hoax.

The professional web programmer points out that someone else actually came up with the idea for the LQP-79 zombie virus. But when Moya saw how lame that person's website was, he decided to create his own and help spread the rumor.

From his website, LQP-79.org:
The Miami Cannibal now confirmed by local police to have been a carrier of the deadly LQP-70 mental virus was caught on video eating a man alive. If you have not seen the shocking video of the Miami cannibal eating his human victim you are to be WARNED this video is shocking proof of this deranged zombie like attack on an innocent bystander.

The LQP-79 virus is not a hoax but instead these claims of hoax and fake are being made by the popular media in order to keep the secret that many people are dying and eating each other in America.
Here is the video Moya uploaded to YouTube:



Moya says his intention wasn't to scare people, but to point out how gullible people have become in the age of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

"I have been working on the web for a long time," says the dreadlocked Rastafarian. "I've seen the way that the web has been moving and it's towards a group-think mentality. People think that if they see something on Facebook, it must be true."

He argues that his hoax should be "immediately recognizable as spoof to anyone who did even a minute's research on it." (The website is supposedly run by a Dr. Rastapopulos, a character from Tin Tin comics). And that's Moya's point: thousands of people gobbled up the rumors of a zombie virus hook, line, and sinker.

"The CDC had to come out and make a statement," Moya points out. "That shows you how ludicrous and assenine people are that they would call the CDC in the first place."

But not everyone thinks the joke is funny. A Massachusetts-based group called the Zombie Action Committee outed the hoax, but also slammed Moya:
The note of parody involved is not without merit... However, Moya's propagation of an internet hoax that has induced real fear in some, in which all roads lead back to his site, with its Google ads and prominently featured Paypal widget for donating to "fund research and broadcasting information of this deadly virus!" ... well, it doesn't exactly scream altruistic satire.
Moya denies trying to make money off of the hoax, but he admits to being fascinated by the way it spread around the world in a matter of hours. He says he plans to write a case study about the experience.

His only regret is that the hoax didn't go on a bit longer before being exposed. But he doesn't feel sorry for scaring the public.

"Some people call me a genius, some people call me an asshole," he says. "But what prepped us for this? All those zombie movies and the media."

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21 comments
Butterflytica
Butterflytica

If it is so ridiculous then why did the CDC put out a zombie apocalypse preparedness kit back in 2010?

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Qin Xue

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Kvskwn
Kvskwn

No joke i was scared as hell when i heard about this "virus", then i did some research and found out it was a hoax. Mr Moya just proved how that people blindly assume stuff when they hear a statement. Alfred Moya is basically showing how gullible Americans are when they see the words "virus" pop up on the news. He just made 1000's of people (including me) feel stupid and silly. Well played good sir.

duke dubi
duke dubi

This reminds me of the book World War Z, when a privite company making drugs to sell over the counter create a 'vaccine for the virus during the plauge, they only made a placebo to make money and attempt to stay on top of the war against zombies. All these statements are, are placebos for the human brain. Hahaha. Got to admit tho, it would be fun to live thru a zombie apoclypes. :)

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Qin Xue

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Doc Smith
Doc Smith

he's a plant to spread the disinfo so that when a few more cases come the people will panic and take the vaccine, the hoax was to act to confuse people into taking a vaccine.

TweetMiamiBeach
TweetMiamiBeach

Yeah dude you should have kept it private and used a more official looking wordpress theme, seen how long you could keep these suckers hooked. But from one web dev to another, gotta say i like your style.

Kynthia Alice
Kynthia Alice

Oh my sides hurt. Laughing myself into a zombie like state.

Common Sense
Common Sense

Mr. Moya I first found your website today, I admit I was a little nervous even though I had done prior research into the LQP-79 hoax but then I found this little article and it all made sense to me. Well played Moya. Well played.

Ash
Ash

Jeffrey Dahmer, Albert Fish, Suradji, Richard Trenton Chase and others ate their victims and no one ever screamed Zombies! You get one guy on bath salts (allegedly) and everyone freaks out about the zombie apocalypse. Calm down ppl!

Ash chest
Ash chest

Jeffrey Dahmer, Albert Fish, Suradji, Richard Trenton Chase and others ate their victims and no one ever screamed Zombies! You get one guy on bath salts (allegedly) and everyone freaks out about the zombie apocalypse. Calm down ppl!

Alfred Moya
Alfred Moya

Humor is subjective, what you think it idiotic is funny as hell to others. Take for example Adam Sandler, that guy made millions on crappy movies. Why? Because some idiots out there think the guy is funny. There was never a monetary reason to do this. It was purely a social experiment.The ads on the site are also a statement and part of the experiment but it takes a bit more intelligence to understand that. The website has generated a whopping $22 in Adsense revenue at this point which means I have recouped the cost of the domain and a years hosting. w00t!

Mrs purps
Mrs purps

Zombie attacks and virus reports from the news and CDC are false flags people. To make you afraid of trying to survive without their supermarkets and plumbing. When they finally announce there is something happening and we all need the vaccine or else we go to FEMA camps, don't go, resist, kill whoever tries to take you and run. Agenda 21 is in full effect and by 2028 our poor country will be depopulated and pOliced with no punishment to those who made the virus, and who purposely released it and who covered it up to control us. We are always lied to by the news to keep people calm. I'm not saying panic and shoot people, knowledge is the lightest gear you can travel with. And it can save your life when the government won't.

Normyp1
Normyp1

can't you see what's really going on here? mr moya here is CLEARLY a tool of the government to cover the whole zombie thing up. he created a fake website to make people calm down about the whole issue WHEN IN ACTUAL FACT ZOMBIES ARE EVERYWHERE.

MarkGonzales
MarkGonzales

rumors are that this zombie guy was on some drugs no one knows what they were but drugs might be the reason.

Tootall20
Tootall20

Nobody knows what's making people eat other people,or do crazy shit like that,bath salts don't do that,it's something else making people Fucking insane

JackieB
JackieB

I was reading a website the other day that said the CDC was in on the "conspiracy" to cover up the existence of the zombie virus. You can't make this stuff up. Although I think Mr. Moya should have used Rob Zombie's Living Dead Girl track on the video. Much creepier and far more appropriate.

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