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Several POOF subscribers apparently blocked by a hacker

Several POOF subscribers apparently blocked by a hacker


In October, about 30 subscribers to the People of One Fire were suddenly unsubscribed.  Several complained to me about this incident. I responded that I was just the editor, not the webmaster, and as such, had no control over subscriptions.  I added though, that both our website and my computer had experienced problems with hackers during that same period. 

I had been scheduled to speak to a professional conference in Michigan via SKYPE between 2 and 3 PM on Saturday, October 7, 2017.  During the night between the 6th and the 7th, a worm file made it impossible for me to access my Power Point software.   I fixed that, but will not tell you how.  Then, exactly at 2:00 PM, my telephone and internet services were turned off.  I had service again at 3:00 PM.  My telephone company investigated the complaint and determined that the cut-off was done externally by a very skilled hacker. Fortunately, I had sent a copy of the Power Point slides, including a recording of my lecture, to the conference sponsor.  So the show went on without me.

A long term member of the People of One Fire was royally PO’ed about not being able to access our website.  He took his computer into a computer repair shop.  Yes indeed, a hacker had blocked his access to People of One Fire.   Why someone would go to that much trouble for such an insignificant website such as ours, is anyone’s guess.   In a followup email, he said that the culprit was a Russian hacker.  I don’t know if he was kidding or not.  The worm file block was removed by the technician.

So . . . if you have had similar problems, you now know what the problem is!


It’s a jungle out there, folks!





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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.

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