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Hacks and Other Sounds of the
We had intentioned to publish
two more newsletter issues this year; one in October and another in December,
but that was not to be. Beginning
in August we began experiencing probing activity ‘en masse’ whenever we were
updating our webpage to our servers.
The activity progressed into September-- although we notified our ISP
(Internet Service Provider) several times, the activity
in September we were hacked and our site was down from September 26th
until October 22nd, so our first newsletter had to be postponed as we
struggled to resolve the source code issues that ran havoc upon our
website. We were able to be
operational through most of November but once again on November 28th,
we began experiencing new difficulties updating our site, this time thanks to
our telephone company.
of you have kept abreast of the developments and read our notices regarding the
obstacles being placed in our way; the following is a description of what
transpired and how we interpret these events.
some reason our website, its content, is being perceived as a threat by
person or persons, who perhaps fear exposure in some manner or
most of our loyal readers are already aware, this website's content was made
unavailable from 09-26-06 through 10-22-06
as a result of an intentional hack of our website by a
third party. The attack was subtle yet devastating since
it created a malicious crisis of 'logic' for our software by
altering the file structure of our data. Simply put, even though our data
continued to be present on our servers, the titles of the files changed,
therefore the software couldn't 'find' what it was 'looking for.' A
virtual induced state of amnesia, or 'computerized Alzheimer's', was
Just after Thanksgiving our telephone service was altered; providing us with a
dial tone but an inability to make telephone calls, thus we were unable to
update the website. Once again we
were ‘down’ until 11-28-06.
some ‘digging’ we discovered that our phone service had been changed on
VERIZON’s computer system. Someone changed the computer’s protocols when dealing
with our telephone account so as to only respond to rotary dialing (also known
is an antiquated system that was superceded by TONE dialing in the late
1960’s. As a result of this change
we could neither make calls on our TONE based telephones nor could our
computers connect to the Internet.
would our telephone service be changed to the antiquated rotary service? Well that's a question to
service seemed normal, as we picked up the phone we heard a dial tone and we
could receive calls but we couldn't make any. This provided someone with a neat
way to create a plausible wiring fault explanation at our location; so as
to blame our inside wiring as the culprit; except when we disconnected our
inside wiring-- the problem persisted at the NID (phone service entrance
it wasn’t the inside wiring, as VERIZON personnel tried to convince us. We later
had the problem identified as an alteration to our phone
new found difficulties, this time, were rendered by someone at VERIZON who
had access to setting computer protocols on customer accounts. Yes, the proverbial 'inside
a mistake, or was it instead a deliberate attempt to ‘knock’ us off the
web. Hmm, well what do you
Our Interpretation of Events
anything, we believe that these attacks symbolize a manifested will to silence
us, given our non-mainstream version of the analysis of truth regarding current
events that we have always sought to present to our readers.
we give up? No. Today, our intention remains the same; to serve our readers, and
expose those who seemingly profit with impunity, by violating the
principles of our American Constitution, and the inherent code of civilized
is not among our heroes, but rather we place him on the list of malefactors
and destructors of our world. Corruption has many adherents, but it is
society at large that ultimately pays the price. We
refuse to be silenced; refuse to look the other way; refuse to profit at the
cost of others' misery.
it seems true to form, today in America, that the lessons of Machiavelli's
Prince are embraced by many in government and 'business,' we are sure that, in
time, they will be unmasked and defeated by the forces of conscience and
principle; or if not, then surely by the excesses of their own
greed. Avarice has no true friend and many enemies, both known and unknown
our own case, we 'stumbled', but arise once again, our spirit more
committed than ever, no matter the odds against us, because even if one day we
succumb to the forces against us, we shall prevail--our spirit unwavering and
unbroken to the principles of a better world for every human being on the face
of our planet-- whatever their religious beliefs, color of their skin, sexual
orientation, or economic standing. Our heroes are Jean Jacques Rousseau, Thomas
Paine, tempered by the spirit of John Paul Jones...
all deserve a better world, an egalitarian one, one empty of war, violence, or
the oppression of others for profit. We have striven to create a
website that embodies such a spirit, such a hope; hope for a better world,
an existence bounded by equality, fairness, and reason. It is unfathomable
that such ideas could be deemed so threatening.
I know that my fellow human being is my brother. The happiness I seek for my
own, could it be that he also not seek the same, in peace, for his?
a paradise our world would be, if only we had the courage to embrace each
other as brothers, and imagine our planet Earth as a place to be revered and
conserved, rather than exploited and ravaged solely for profit's
the silent night of winter, amid the sonorous threats, and putrid grins of
avaricious Machiavellian fat men, I choose to hear instead the poetry
of John Lennon reverberating in my memory--yes he was right; Imagine
war is over; Imagine a better world.
from within, I hear a whisper becoming a clamor: 'Dare to dream a dream worth
fighting for, no matter what may come in the night!'
Victor Saraiva is senior editor, he can be
reached by email
Posted December 07, 2006
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