Recently behind the scenes of the blog

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Thanks to a combination of various services running overseas, I’m able to make some observations about those hacking into the admin section of the blog, the behind the scenes part of what it takes to make any blog work. I’m guessing all such hackers are benevolent, but I don’t know that. What they do with this or that particular hack, well, I have no idea. But I do see them at work. Kind of like the metadata of hacking hackers.

One particular reader / hacker / analyst / humint baiter and all-around good person by all accounts, used “invisibility cloaking” (in layman’s terms) a bit more than usual, then, if I’m correct on the who’s who thing, that person tested posting posts under my name. “Hmmm….” thought I. Perhaps it was just a mistake whilst perusing or perhaps adjusting some drafts or older posts, or simply writing entirely new posts under my name. I mean, I do have to wonder sometimes. Kind of weird. Anyway. I have little time for that. It’s all in the “Whatever!” bucket.

Anyway, I did NOT notice recent activity as far as someone else fraudulently publishing on the blog under my name as it all happened too quickly and then disappeared before I even knew it happened. But a good friend with a lot of sense and fairly good tech skills happened to be visiting the blog at just the time it happened, and then sent me a gently sarcastic text: “Now you see it, now you don’t.” After a few more texts back and forth – ascertaining that this person only goes to the top-front-page of the blog and not to archived posts, we then had a phone conversation. It became clear that something is up with a third party testing out some sort of fakery. The person who alerted me to this is a good friend, a loyal friend, absolutely trustworthy, with no reason whatsoever to misrepresent anything to me, ever.

So, this incident can be added to the “Just. Wow.” incidents I’ve been noticing these past number of weeks. Since I don’t think the person behind this incident is in any way nefarious, I also put all this under “Humor.” But it’s also without my permission…

To be continued…

5 Comments

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5 responses to “Recently behind the scenes of the blog

  1. Terry

    How do we know the real Fr. George David Byers posted this entry?

  2. Aussie Mum

    Father, that someone would interfere with your blog, posting (no matter how fleetingly) as you, doesn’t strike me as humorous but nefarious. If something happened to you they could takeover posting in your place and lead readers in a direction you wouldn’t. There are doubtless many other possible explanations but this is the one that first sprang to mind.
    There probably is no connection but I encountered a problem posting this comment: had to open a new tab as the page kept running up.

  3. pelerin

    Aussie Mum has a point Father. With your evidence of being impersonated in the past how can we be sure that what we read has really been written by yourself? It’s all rather spooky.

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