Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sidebar on a matter of bloggery:

It appears as though at least my blog dashboard was hacked soon after I published this post. I noticed that links were added where there had been none and those links lead to some pages from "behind the scenes" blogspot.

On the same day, I received a suspicious phone call from someone claiming to call from California, from this number: 253-802-0308. 

I have no idea whether the two events are related to one another or just an unhappy coincidence. 

Checking my StatCounter, I found this somewhat frenzied activity taking place:

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Hostdime.com Lax (198.136.57.206) [Label IP Address]    0 returning visits
United States FlagLos Angeles, California, United States    
(No referring link)
10 Feb12:43:48
10 Feb12:44:03
10 Feb12:44:24
10 Feb12:44:45
 www.statcounter.com/ (Exit Link)
10 Feb12:45:08
10 Feb12:45:24
 population./ (Exit Link)
10 Feb12:45:36
10 Feb12:45:58
10 Feb12:46:25
10 Feb12:46:38
10 Feb12:46:42
(No referring link)
10 Feb22:09:35
10 Feb22:09:51
10 Feb22:10:11
10 Feb22:10:33
10 Feb22:10:44
10 Feb22:10:59
10 Feb22:11:21
10 Feb22:11:38
10 Feb22:11:42
10 Feb22:11:56
 www.statcounter.com/ (Exit Link)
10 Feb22:12:20

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Palo Alto, California, United States    

(No referring link)
10 Feb10:30:09
Facebook (69.171.242.115) [Label IP Address]    0 returning visits
United States FlagPalo Alto, California, United States    

(No referring link)
10 Feb10:30:08
Iland Internet Solutions Corporation (69.64.164.242) [Label IP Address]    0 returning visits
United States FlagHouston, Texas, United States    

(No referring link)
4 Feb15:32:46
(No referring link)
4 Feb15:37:07
(No referring link)
4 Feb15:37:36
(No referring link)
10 Feb10:19:25
(No referring link)
10 Feb10:21:48
(No referring link)
10 Feb10:21:56
Facebook (69.171.233.6) [Label IP Address]    0 returning visits
United States FlagPalo Alto, California, United States    

(No referring link)
10 Feb10:20:40
Facebook (69.171.237.15) [Label IP Address]    0 returning visits
United States FlagPalo Alto, California, United States    

(No referring link)
10 Feb10:20:39
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It is my custom to publicize any unusual occurrences that take place in and/or around my blog. If anybody has a plausible explanation or speculation about what all this means, I'd be very grateful for his or her contribution.

Let me remind you that a few weeks ago my blog was shut down for a period of over a week due to some complaint lodged against it by some readers. The only explanation I got was that there was some malware in one of the Contentious Centrist posts and once removed by Blogspot's technicians, my blog was re-instated.

So it is all a big mystery to me. It might have a perfectly innocent explanation but then again, it might have a perfect explanation that is not so innocent.

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Update: Within minutes of posting the above, my StateCounter registered this:

Iland Internet Solutions Corporation [link added by CC] (69.64.164.242) [Label IP Address]    0 returning visits
United States FlagHouston, Texas, United States    

(No referring link)
4 Feb15:32:46
(No referring link)
4 Feb15:37:07
(No referring link)
4 Feb15:37:36
(No referring link)
10 Feb10:19:25
(No referring link)
10 Feb10:21:48
(No referring link)
10 Feb10:21:56
(No referring link)
16 Feb09:37:27
(No referring link)
16 Feb10:03:18
(No referring link)
16 Feb10:03:19

2 Comments:

At 5:44 PM GMT-5, Blogger Ros said...

Noga

By definition, the owner of a blog will have the email addresses of those posting comments. If you need support from readers/commenters in future, please call on me.

I'm sure Snoopy would do the same!

Brian

 
At 3:20 PM GMT-5, Anonymous Anonymous said...

explains why your email must have changed.

was sending you Peretz at DailyBeast today, with a very long comment thread. Linked from RealClearWorld.


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