Daily Archives: January 15, 2007

Hackers Again Try To Discover Origin Of Barbados Free Press

They Are Getting Very Creative…

We don’t send out emails from Barbados Free Press – and we don’t open attachments or visit websites by invitation where our IP number can be logged and traced. We are never online without proxies, firewalls and java-stumps – but we don’t really trust all of that technology either.

So far, our discipline and technology has kept the writers of this blog anonymous for almost a year, but as a result, “they” grow ever more creative in their attempts to discover our identities. I suppose they’ll find us someday… but then what?

This latest attempt is a cute trick that took a bit of thought and planning.

We often receive invitations to visit “brand new” websites about Barbados, but we don’t surf on over from our own computers because if we are the only ones who have been told about the website – they might be able to identify our IP and/or give us a little gift.

So what better way to get us to surf on over than to have WordPress send us – and only us – a message to visit a certain website? Here is what they did…

They set up a blog with WordPress and called it “berbados free prees” at the URL of http://www.berbadosfreeprees.wordpress.com

They set up the blog, but later provided our email address – barbadosfreepress (at) yahoo.com – as the contact email. Then they changed the password of their blog’s administration section – knowing that WordPress would send an alert to the registered email address – which happens to be ours.

The alert came to us from WordPress, and it would have been such a natural thing to click on the link or to head on over to the “berbados free prees” blog just to see what’s happening.

We would have been the only ones to know about the existence of this blog – and that would have given them an opportunity to have a look at us in a controlled environment.

Cute trick… but no cigar this time!

Maybe a few of our readers can surf over to http://www.berbadosfreeprees.wordpress.com and have a look at what’s there. Let us know what you find by sending us an email or just tell us in the comments section of this post.

After a few days, we’ll drop by and take a look. By that time, they won’t know who is us and who are BFP readers.

Thanks!

Robert

Here is the email we received from WordPress.com …

to: [little black boy]

Someone has asked to reset the password for the following site and username.

http://berbadosfreeprees.wordpress.com

Username: barbadosfreepress

To reset your password visit the following address, otherwise just ignore this email and nothing will happen.

(removed)

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