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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