Because I almost lost She Blogged By Night, my blog archives and Google account from these shenanigans, I want to write this down in a public post.
About August 14, a post of mine on iaisnd.com, a Neil Diamond fan group, was deleted. I post there as Stacia71. My post wasn't anything controversial, though I did tell a "big name fan" she didn't need to be rude to those who disagreed with her. A moderator eventually said my post was not
deleted. Because another post by a guy named BigRich was also missing, I decided to chalk it up to a possible glitch and move on.
Two days later, my YouTube account (stacia99) was suspended for "abuse." Someone had reported a Neil Diamond video on my account as breaking some unspecified rule. I had only two videos, TCM Remembers 2011 and Neil Diamond on Leno; nothing was said about the TCM video. YouTube/Google sent a standard form email saying I was at risk for losing all Google services for "abuse violations" (I believe that was the phrase). Fortunately, deleting the Neil Diamond video completely resolved the situation. Note that this was not a copyright infringement complaint, but abuse, albeit unspecified in the form email, and the video had been up eight months before anyone complained of "abuse."
Two weeks later, on Sept 6, my blog at shebloggedbynight.com was attacked by someone doing a brute force hack. They managed to change my header through a security hole but could not log in. They were repeatedly trying manual password attempts, not using a script. After several hours, my webhost blocked the two IP addresses which were trying to hack in.
Tonight I discovered a very odd poster by the name of betty.pod, who posts to iaisnd.com, has a variety of random IPs. Two of her IPs, 188.8.131.52 (seen here
) (ETA: this link is already gone because the post was deleted) and 184.108.40.206 (seen here
) are the exact same two that tried to hack into my blog on September 6.
One or even two of these things would be dismissed as coincidence, but three? Hardly.
First, I believe betty.pod is a sockpuppet or a troll. She clearly uses proxies (IPs are publicly logged on IAIS) and is often baiting people with cryptic posts.
Whoever it is, I think there is a significant chance they have a "regular" account on IAIS and are using betty.pod for shenanigans.
Also, I don't think the hacking, "abuse" report or deleted post were because of anything I wrote on SBBN, since nothing about Diamond has been posted since January. My guess is that there was anger and/or repercussions because of "big name fans" who were upset at the oh-so-controversial comments I made on iaisnd.com, things like "I'm not sure Neil Diamond writes all of his tweets" and "he shies away from politics
Yeah, wow, I'm a real rebel posting that stuff. It's a wonder they let me on the internet.
Those are actual examples of things I said which caused certain fans to get upset, which shows how high-strung some Neil Diamond fans are. If you ever read Fandom Wank, you know how cliquish fans in ANY fandom can be, with very strange ideas of loyalty. That's why I think it is very possible that I am looking at two or three people acting out rather than one person with a dedicated attempt to screw up my online accounts.
So I'm posting this publicly in case my email or website go down, as a record of what I believe is going on and in case things escalate. Also, as a notice to anyone listening that I will
go public if I find out you're fucking with me.