From a couple of events over the weekend it seems that one of Guido’s hangers’ on has sunk to a new fucking low.
Here’s the story.
On Saturday - a comment was posted here that ‘appeared’ to have come from Rachel North but which actually linked, instead, to a spoofed blogger site full of uberChristian fundie crap, the url for which was ‘rachAelnorthlondon.blogspot.com’.
That site has now, unsurprisingly, vanished into the electronic aether - but more on that in a moment.
My reponse to this, as ever, was to put out an alert that ID’d the spammer, including their IP address, to ensure that they didn’t succeed in leeching hits off the back of both spamming blogs and climbing on the back of Rachel’s excellent reputation.
I also e-mailed Rachel - just in case the fake url turned out to be nothing more than a typo - and posted an update to the effect that the IP address cited should be taken under advisement until Rachel has replied to me after receiving two further comments about the spam comment - both which were picked up by Spam Karma, both came from obviously spoofed IP addresses and both claimed that the spam comment has used Rachel’s real IP address.
Later on Saturday, a reply came in from Rachel, indicating that she was visiting family over the weekend and hadn’t posted here.
At this point I was harbouring a particular suspicion, the nature of which will become clear in a moment, but on the information I had at the time, I had to go with the alert and leave the IP address is situ - as Rachel was away from home, she couldn’t confirm whether the IP address cited belonged to her or not and without that confirmation the call was between the possibility of other bloggers getting hit with same spam or going with the IP address I had in the knowledge that if it did turn out to be Rachel’s it could be quickly removed and a correction posted.
Today - a number of things have happened. Rachel has posted a comment here and between that comment and a private e-mail conversation its been established that the scabby cunt who posted the comment on Saturday did use an IP spoofing tool to make it appear that comment has been posted by Rachel.
What they obviously didn’t count on, was that I’d check things out with Rachel by e-mail and keep her appraised of developments.
A few quick check also demonstrated that not only has the spoof blogger site miraculously vanished into the thin air, but also that it wasn’t around long enough for Google to either cache or index the site. In other words, it had been specifically set up to try and pull off this spoofing stunt.
NOW, what does this tell us.
First, whoever the cunt behind this is, they’re packing a reasonable amount of technical knowledge - enough to know what an IP spoofer is, where to get one and how to use it.
Second, whoever it was knows Rachel’s real IP address… and that’s not the easiest piece of information to come by unless, the scumbag in question is a blogger or has been fed the information by a blogger, one who’s website Rachel has previously posted a comment, which would leave behind a record of her IP address in the blog’s stats.
In other words, this is ‘one of our own’ trying to pull off this skanky piece of fuckery, and given the events of this that week and the fact that only real common ground between myself and Rachel of late is that we’ve both, to very different degrees, come down on Tim Ireland’s side in his spat with Guido and his sock puppets, this is a clear indicatation that the cunt behind all this is in some way connected with Guido - probably not Guido himself, as if he’s having to appeal for help in tarting up the HTML on his site then its unlikely he has the technical nous to pull off a spoofing attack, but amost certainly one of his personal coterie of sock puppets, intellectual malingers and general hangers on.
Now, where does this take us.
Well, from a personal standpoint, if one of Guido’s sock puppets wants to play tech wars with me, then bring it on, fuckwit.
I’m no novice at this game, nor is ‘Unity’ the only online name I’ve ever run by; its the one I’ve stuck with for a good few years and represents what could be called my ‘white hat’ persona - there’s also a ‘black hat’ persona of mine that’s been in ‘retirement’ for quite some time and if needs be I’ve no problem with them making a comeback, if this shit carries on.
(If all that means nothing to you, btw, don’t worry about it - you don’t need to know, but any techies out there will know what I’m talking about and what I mean).
No, what really fucks me off here is that this particular cunt chose to drag Rachel into it, and Rachel, by her own admission, is a long way from being a techie.
That, in no uncertain terms, is completely fucking out of order and the behaviour of a little cunt of a script-kiddie, not a genuine techie or even a halfway decent ‘netizen’
Its not unknown, on occasions, for a couple of techies to go at it and to make full use of their technical knowledge in the process, but even these rare confrontations have their unspoken rules, one of which is that you leave the non-techs out of it - call it ‘honour amongst thieves’ is you like but unless you’re a complete and utter cunt, you don’t use your superior technical knowledge to fuck over newbies, no matter who they are or how much you might think they’re asking for it.
This is where Paul Linford has made the wrong call in thinking that the ’split’ over Tim’s spat with Guido is simply a matter of people dividing down political lines - it isn’t, because if Tim had made the wrong call and was out of order in taking a shot a Guido, I’d be amongst the first to tell him, and tell him up front.
This isn’t about politics, its about basic standards of behaviour and what’s long been called netiquette. Tim’s standing up for that, Guido couldn’t give a fuck and at least one of his shithead hangers on wouldn’t know what it was if you engraved the word into a baseball bat and fucked them round the head with it under you could read it in the welts on their forehead.
So, to make it absolutely clear, I’ve removed Rachel’s IP address from my post about the spammer - and if you did add it to your blog’s spam blacklist, the please remove it… and if you’ve added it and then forgotten what it is then email me at talkpoliticsukATgmailDOTcom and I’ll refresh your memory.
Beyond that, all I’m going to do is ask that you reflect on the information I’ve laid out above and what that has to say both about what Tim’s been doing in calling out Guido, and what it says about the character of at least one of his scutters, the cunt behind this spoofing attack.
Let’s be honest here. I think most of us know Rachel from her blog, know what she’s been through and especially how she’s one of those bloggers who’s writing brings real credit to the British blogosphere - so even if someone does want to take a shot at me, what possible fucking justification can they have for trying to bring her into it and stitch her up at the same fucking time?
Absolutely fucking none - so just ask yourself just exactly what kind of scumbag cunt would even try.
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