I think that is a result of some dangerous half knowledge. It's like with a companie's president you try to explain to what switches are and how they work. They have no real understanding of what's going on but they heard something about it somewhere.

Why I say that?
Those activities include port scanning, hijacking computers, and the compilation and publication of Whois lookups without authorization from Network Solutions
I think some stuff got mixed up in the process in trying to understand what's going on.