On January 22, Semalt, a company which scans websites ‘for browsers’ for a fee, scanned my website for free. They took my domain name and added their own stuff and created a new site address and scanned that address.
The scan was then provided to (or commissioned by) someone in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Ghana. Shortly after, I was ’email followed’ by half a dozen email subscribers whose addresses consisted of a string of 23 letters. Those followers do not show up in my list of followers and I do not recall the email service used.
With all that is being revealed about how the Russians are posting fake material on Twitter, Facebook, and elsewhere, I am concerned that my accounts are being utilized. This blog post is being linked to both my Twitter and Facebook feeds automatically through WordPress. I was hacked through the WordPress app on my Android phone in 2016; it can be done.
The goal is to confuse and contradict so that we will grow to distrust our news media and even our government structures and institutions…like the democratic voting process. In 2016, I did get confused with all of the contradictions in the news and their efforts were successful; I did not vote.
Even if we must resort to ancient methods of communication, like watching network news shows, reading printed newspapers hand delivered to our door, attending local meetings and talking to each other, checking our sources, and being shrewd and skeptical, keeping our eyes and ears open and holding our opinions close to our chests, we need not be undone. We have been invaded, but invaded countries have resisted and overcome their invaders in the past. We have the better motive, Freedom, on our side.