Rebuilding from the digital ashes


This morning, I was attacked on all fronts by a hacker known to me and lost more than three years of writing in “Point of View”. This hacker broke into my email accounts, Facebook and WordPress. Fortunately, I managed to salvage my Facebook and changed all its security settings to prevent another break-in. My Yahoo and Gmail accounts have been hijacked, and I’m still trying to get help from customer service to throw this guy out. In the meantime, I have created new email accounts. If it becomes necessary, I will just deactivate the hacked email accounts.

This hacker did this for personal and professional reasons. On a personal level, he deeply resented an article I wrote about his case of plagiarism that forced him to resign (or was he fired?) from the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Professionally, he works for the political groups that have opposed the administration of former Governor Niel Tupas Sr. — the Defensor, Biron, Garin and Syjuco groups. I’m certain he will ask for a financial reward for causing irreparable damage to me.

But I won’t despair over this loss. I didn’t really write to have a permanent digital record of my views and experiences. It’s much so easy to create another WordPress account. New story ideas will come to me almost daily, and it won’t be too long before I rebuild my blog and regain my followers. The current administration at the Capitol will be good cannon fodder. The hacker only motivated me to write more about the things I observe at the capitol.

Perhaps the hacker/plagiarist thought the deletion of my old blog will exorcise his intellectual dishonesty and theft. I think it will work the other way around. I will make sure he is haunted by his dark past each day of his life, and each time he faces former colleagues in media, he will know that his plagiarism will be a constant theme for discussion.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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