Tuesday, November 06, 2007

John crosses the fucking line.

Ok. So, it was pointed out to me by Hugo that a post in John's blog was posted under my name. HOW THE FUCK WOULD HE HAVE GOT MY PASSWORD?!?! I'm paranoid as hell now! I had noticed comments on THIS blog were disappearing without my having erased them. Does the fact that he could post using my name at his blog mean that he has access here? The only people who knew the password were Jack, my husband, and I. Well, actually...there's one other person, but they wouldn't have shared it with John. I'm going to drive myself crazy with this one. When Hugo pointed it out, I had to log out of my current browser and re-log in...at which point, I could delete the comment he made in my name. But, what the fuck!?! I could give a fuck about the blog, really, but...does this mean he knows ALL of my passwords? How would I even find that out? My password was "atheist"...so, I suppose he could've done trial and error, but...seriously, what the fuck!?! Is this common? I seriously want to totally delete this blog now because I have some private posts on here and it is making me feel sick that this asshole may have been reading those.

ETA: There are entire posts that are missing from my blog! WTF?!
ETA2: Fucktard went through my entries and edited a few of them to include the commandment for "atheist sinners" to repent.

45 comments:

guri / benguri said...

What a shame. I hope you spank him good.

I would say that your password is both obvious and not very secure. You should have used alphanumeric at the very least.

Don't delete the blog, just change your password to something much less obvious, longer and more "secure".

He's an idiot.

Atheist in a mini van. said...

Yeah. It was obvious, but I did that because I gave Jack, the kids, and my husband access. It had to be something they could remember. You have no idea how freaked out this is making me feel. I even had to change my password after I was in the hospital two weeks ago! When I came home, I couldn't get in at all. If I couldn't get in to my own blog, how could he?

Nomoxian said...

i agree with the first poster. also, at least the person who hacked you account was stupid enough to let themsleves be known.

i had a not so obvious password, for another account, and it ended up being used to make racist posts. thankfully the admin was able to delete the posts (that sort of talk is illegal where i live) and get my account back.

it can, and does, happen to almost anyone... hopefully it won't happen again though!

Atheist in a mini van. said...

i had a not so obvious password, for another account, and it ended up being used to make racist posts. thankfully the admin was able to delete the posts (that sort of talk is illegal where i live) and get my account back.

It appears that he's deleted entire posts from my blog (based on memory). Mike (the DH) has my blog up on his laptop and he says he's found examples where things have been added to posts that I never fucking said.

This is one of the worst feelings ever. I've never been "blog jacked" before and I've been blogging for eight years! This is going to drive me nuts!

Hugo said...

Like I said he may have actually broken the law. Even if your password was obvious, leaving the door open does not mean someone can steal or destroy your property and that is what he did here.
But like anything on the internet it would be hard and difficult to prosecute.
It is a real shame that they would do such things, it shows they have no respect for other people and/or other opinions.

I hope you keep this blog.

Hugo said...

PS check the "Email" and "Permissions" settings of your blog, "john the asshole" may have added himself as an admin!

Suzy Q said...

Chrissy,
I second what Hugo said. Check out all of your settings. If/When you find a problem, do not delete it. Keep it and contact the blogger help system - Find out what they have to say about it. It wouldn't be a bad idea to have the team do a security check. If I were you I'd go to bed and forget about this until the morning.

I had someone do this to me ten months back. It turned out to be this freak I met at a gamers convention. He hacked my game blog, went on a comment spree. It sucks. I would consider it a right of internet passage. It wouldn't be a bad move to also have the kids comment under their own identity. Same goes for Jack and Mike. They can set up blogger accounts. I'm not sure about the blogger platform, you might be able to give Jack and Mike co-admin powers if you're okay with that.

Don't let this asshole scare you. DO NOT delete this blog, Chrissy.

Call me manana.

Sean the Blogonaut F.C.D. said...

I would try and save a copy of his blog report him to google.

Sounds like attempted identity theft to me.

Surely they would be able to track the IP address of where he logged in from. That's the trouble with freaks like him, they think anything is justified in the name of Jesus

Poodles said...

It would be a shame to delete this blog, because of some douche!

AND JOHN... Being a dick makes baby jesus cry!

ApexMI said...

For sure don't stop the blogging Possummomma, Just keep tracking the evidence so that when a restraining order is required it can be obtained. John is beginning to look like a very disturbed individual.

Maggie Rosethorn said...

THIS IS DESPICABLE! Pmomma, please don't stop blogging, but I would certainly report John, and change passwords. And, as Hugo suggested, review the blog admin listings and delete anyone you didn't authorize.

What a good Christian man he is. Identity theft, lying, cheating...Yeah, that CERTAINLY makes me want to be a christian again.

I can imagine how sick and freaked out you must feel. But, at least as far as your regular readers are concerned, we know your "voice" in writing, and can easily tell you from John the Bastard.

Internet hugs to you, Pmomma.

Xzanron said...

I'm sorry this has happened to you. Unfortunately good password policy is something most people don't do until they get hurt.

If I were a "good christian" like john and wanted to hack your account, atheist would be near the top of the list for password guesses, as would "god" (the most common password in the English speaking world), as would your name, the name of the site, the names of you husband and kids. I'd then move onto birthdays and star signs if I could find them out. Needless to say good people don't do stuff like that; we just need to guard ourselves against people like john.

I'd consider it a backhanded compliment though. If he didn't consider your message and its success a threat he wouldn't have bothered. So take heart, and keep blogging, it's the best way to get even.

I'd also report the incident to google, and to the police. Identify Theft and impersonation are serious crimes. I doubt he's computer savvy and that means he's left evidence pointing to himself all over the place.

Let's hope he will soon be able to spend a lot more time in quiet contemplation of his god; in jail.

Poodles said...

It appears Johns blog is gone.

Sean the Blogonaut F.C.D. said...

Man...the gutless retard didn't leave me enough time to rally the Atheist troops for "our name is Legion and we are many"

Ahem!

Poodles said...

Doesn't he know who we are? He was messin with the wrong posse *throws up gang sign A*.

:D

Lexa said...

Also run a malware check on your computer -- keyloggers are one of the ways passwords are cracked. Some good free programs are Adaware and Spybot.

And please don't stop blogging!

Kazim said...

I would say don't dignify John with the label "hacker," as "hacking" involves some amount of brains and technical ability, and John clearly has neither. I agree with a few others indicating that you used the most obvious password in the world, but don't feel too bad about it, and I KNOW you won't do it again. :)

Next time, use a combination of at least two words, put a number in there somewhere, and mix in upper and lowercase. And I assume it goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway: DON'T USE THE WORD ATHEIST IN ANY PART OF THE NEW PASSWORD. Like Valerie Plame, once a password's identity is compromised, it can never be put in the field again.

I'm delighted to see that John's account has apparently been suspended and his blog has been deleted. On the other hand, this gives him more time to creepily stalk you in person. Didn't you say you already got a restraining order? If not, have you considered it?

SWE said...

Oh PMomma, that STINKS.

I suspect (as many others before) that John the Bastard got playing around and happened on the obvious for your password. Grr.

I really don't think he's smart enough to have done anything more devious, but yeah, check for malware and also make sure he hasn't added himself as an admin. And of course report the problem to Google.

Hang in there, friend.

aTh said...

SUE THIS BASTARD !!!

I think he's deeming himself as above the law. Prove his a** wrong

Ginny said...

What a mess, I can understand how you feel violated, I would too! Please don't stop blogging though, I love your blog! I'd try & report it though! Make sure to copy any of the posts that are changed, especially if you are going to fix them. What a jerk!!!

Allyson said...

What a jerk. I am so sorry about that. I'm assuming that at this point you've taken some action, and I hope Blogger is on it. I do hope you keep the blog, though; I love your work!

AlisonM said...

I hope he disappeared because Google/Blogger banned his ISP. If he ran scared on his own, that's not nearly as satisfying.

I'm no computer expert, but there are lots of ways he could have done this. He probably just pulled your password out of a hat, though, and it was party time. He's a petty, vindictive little "christian", and you shouldn't let him win by shutting down. I hope you reported him at least to the admins - he'd have an awfully hard time, not being able to access any google services until he switched service providers.

SWE said...

I was with Kazim until the suggestion of a restraining order. Having just read Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker, I'd say a restraining order would be a risky move at this point.

Spurge said...

Please don't stop blogging.

You can't let scumbags like John win.

Bonnie said...

possummomma, if it makes you feel any better, he must have done it all fairly recently. I only discovered your blog a week or so ago, and read all of your archives - at that time, I didn't notice anything unusual (as far as altered/weird-sounding entries). It probably doesn't help much, but I just thought I'd mention it.

I'm sorry he did this - what a violation.

Christine said...

Long time reader, first time caller. I'm so sorry that this man is so hateful and spiteful that's he's become obsessed with you. Your blog is thought provoking and a breath of fresh air! Hoping you keep this blog and seconding other people who are saying that you should document and bring charges (if possible) against this waste of human space.

Hugo said...

If it is any consolation john's awful actions seem to have provoked a lot of readers to stand up and show you their support!
It probably hurts people like john to see that we do care for one another!

ApexMI said...

YEA!!! John's blog is gone and hopefully he is too...

Kilted Dad said...

Just tell me where to be for the John's ass whoopin, Pmamma.

As a software security specialist,(appeal to authority) I concur with all of the previous recommendations.

Here's some recommendations from MSDN (http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms161962.aspx):
A strong password:

Is at least 8 characters long.

Combines letters, numbers, and symbol characters within the password.

Is not found in a dictionary.

Is not the name of a command.

Is not the name of a person.

Is not the name of a user.

Is not the name of a computer.

Is changed regularly.

Is significantly different from previous passwords.

Do this, keep the blog.

trust n truth said...

I've had this happen on one of my blogs. My solution was to just delete the whole thing and start over. But I don't exactly have a readership either. I would go through, make sure all of your settings are exclusive to you, and get a new password. Longer passwords are more secure than single words. My husband uses whole sentences for his, and peppers them with numbers and symbols for letters and occassionally a capital letter. He also changes his password every week or two weeks (it's required by his job). I change mine less often, but find it is still a good practice, just in case you come up against assholes like John. Mine tend to be obscure names from my favorite books, often with a few numbers tacked on the end.

I'm really sorry this happened to you! Please keep your blog. Just repair as much of the damage as you can, tighten security, and take it as a learning experience.

Carlie said...

I'm worried for you, too. I know it's a huge hassle, but it might be worth it to go after him not just for identity theft, but for stalking as well. Might not be enough evidence to convict him, but could at least scare him into not doing it again. He's crossed several lines at this point.

Robin Lionheart said...

So for the glory of God, this hacker is lying and bearing false witness. Do they expect God to approve? Is this how they choose to demonstrate their superiority to 'atheist sinners'?

"Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites... This people honoureth me with their lips but their heart is far from me." (Mark 7:6)

Tattooed & Atheist (T&A) said...

Sorry to hear about this! I read about it over at Poodle's blog. This guy is a piece of shit and needs a good ass kicking!

Anonomouse said...

Got his name and address, post em and we will start a letter writing "campaign" to help him see the errors of his ways.

Vamp DiVerL said...

How violating....are you in the shower right now, possibly for hours, trying to rinse this asshole off you?

You have too many fans to delete this blog.

Do not let the scum of the one take away from the beautiful pond of the many... *cough-cough, SEED*

Infidel Rooster said...

I'd like to add my voice to those who are urging prosecution/lawsuit. While I feel that we are a far too litigious society here in the US, I seem to recall a comment from John sometime ago where he was claiming to be from a well-known political family. He had offered this tidbit to justify why he wouldn't put up identifying photos or info regarding his family. It would be truly just to put a spotlight on him in this manner if his claims are true.

Another Atheist Mom said...

Please, please don't go away. I read your blog almost every day. It is so important and validating to read about another normal atheist family. Although I haven't experienced the direct discrimination other atheist parents have, I really don't know any other atheist families outside of my own.

little john the bastard has made a serious, criminal mistake with these most recent actions. Don't reward him by leaving the blogosphere.

Betsy said...

xdI'm with everyone else; please don't stop blogging. As "another atheist mom" says, we need you! (selfish, I know) Just be as safe as you can about it.
I totally encourage any legal action that might be appropriate. So-called Christians who harrass atheists need to be exposed and prosecuted. It seems like this is the last area where harrassment is permitted by the world at large and it's wrong and disturbing.

However, with some of the comments John has made (esp. about your girls' clothes - does he have issues, I wonder? He wouldn't be the first religious person I'd heard of to stalk little girls), protecting your children is the first priority. I worry that as public as you have become, the internet stalking might become real-life stalking??

Hang in there, PM.

salient said...

Sorry to hear about your unwanted guest. You must feel violated.

There are two components to a blogger identity, though. Password obvious need to be secure, but would it also be advisable to change the email address that you use to log on? It's much harder to hack a site if the hacker does not know two pieces of information.

What is it with right wing Christians? These people seem to believe that anything is OK if they are doing it for Jesus and end all statements with 'Godbless'. I would never dream of trying to commandeer a religionist's blog, or any blog for that matter.

Chris said...

Hey Johnny Boy, I'd love to say "Looks like I was right about you", but you've been proving it over and over so it would be a bit repetative. What a way to prove the love of your god, huh? What a way to prove that following his message is the way to becoming a better person. Remember, you offered yourself up as an example gods message could have on somebody. I think I'll take you up on that offer.

PM, please don't stop blogging. There's a lot of blogs out there, but none like this. As christine said, it's a breath of fresh air. Plus, letting this make you stop blogging would be giving Johnny Boy too much power. If you'll pardon the expression, "You'd be letting the terrorists win". As for legal issues, I noticed you said you asked for some legal advice. I don't know how all that works, but you might want to keep it private so Johnny doesn't know what to expect. If you know who he is IRL, though, then I'd say at the very least have a restraining order. He did say he was from a political family, and since he used that as an excuse to not post pictures of his family, he's probably looking to keep his real life seperate from what he's doing here. Putting something in the legal system, be it a restraining order or whatever, would (hopefully) put the spotlight on him and what he's really about.

Chris said...

Oh, and you might want to go back and archive all your blogs on your personal computer, in case something happens again. I don't know how blogger works, but I remember there being a program for livejournal where you could have it condense and save all your journal entries into a file saved on your own computer (might not be around anymore, this was a few years back).

Atheist in a mini van. said...

Thus far, I've been able to get most of the deleted entries back into my blog or recovered for google cache and other places. There's one post, though, that I can't find a cache of. Oh well, it's something I can easily redo.

I'm actually chatting with this very interesting lady who has dealt with "John" before. It's extremely enlightening and I'm hoping she will allow me to share her experience. He's quite the asshole.

steelcobra said...

Another good idea for password security, in addition to what kilted dad said, is to use a word from another language, preferably one that is fairly obscure, and even better if they don't use the roman alphabet, so the word is simply a romanization.

That is, if you need a word to remember the password.

But simple one-word passwords related to the subject don't even need a dictionary cracker to figure out.

Bwian said...

Just another anonymous reader, saying to hang in there. I love reading your blog, and would hate to see you back off from your "please ridicule the trolls" policy :).

No More Mr. Nice Guy! said...

I use a freeware program called PasswordSafe. It lets you store all your passwords in encrypted form on your computer. You just need to remember one password to unlock the safe. Then you can generate random passwords, click on a password to copy it to the clipboard, and paste it into the password form of a web page. I highly recommend this program (and no, I don't have any connection to whoever wrote it.)