What triggers hacker to anger?


I was just starting to use my old Yahoo email accounts when an alarm bell sounded on my Blackberry again this morning. The hacker at the Iloilo capitol had intruded into my account and changed the password as well as other account information. You have to give it to this guy — Nereo Lujan — that he’s become good at what he is doing. He belongs to the best among intellectual thiefs.

It simply amazes me that Lujan seems obsessed about stealing my account. I have ceased to use it regularly. When the first attacks came on Sept. 7, 2010, I immediately created alternate email addresses and informed my closest relatives, friends and associates. So I pondered upon this question: what triggered this latest attack?

To get the answer, I turned to the little knowledge I possess about forensic science. There was a book I read a decade ago about the lifework of a famous FBI profiler, and from his experience, I learned that criminal minds are thrown into fits of rage by certain “triggering” events or even the mention of certain words. In the case of Lujan, what was it that I did that unleashed his outrage and commit yet another crime. For this is cybercrime.

Backtracking a little, I realized that the attacks came after I wrote something about plagiarism, especially in the wake of the scandal involving Supreme Court Justice Mariano del Castillo. Last September, I wrote in my old blog about how Lujan was kicked out from the Philippine Daily Inquirer when he was caught plagiarizing several stories. This morning, I wrote a brief tweet about how PDI disciplined Lujan swiftly over the plagiarism case. I was hoping to point out that the Supreme Court should do no less to a brethren in a similar situation.

The angry response was quick: in an hour, I got notifications on Blackberry that my Yahoo account was hacked again. Lujan left tell-tale clues that it was his handiwork: the new notification email addresses he planted on the account had his fingerprints on it.

This leads to only one conclusion: Lujan flies into a rage when his old plagiarism case is revived. He hates it that Justice del Castillo is involved in this scandal because it lets loose ghosts from his past to haunt him. Lujan doesn’t want any mention of plagiarism with his name attached to it.

Incidentally, somebody had told me Lujan was a lecturer on online journalism and cybercrime during a seminar conducted by a mobile network in Iloilo City recently. That’s ironic. The company gave the job to the worse possible person to handle the lecture. What did he teach the participants? How to copy and paste and then claim the stories as their own? How to hack other people’s accounts and intrude into their privacy?

Lujan needs to be exposed for what he is. Eight years ago, he sued me for libel when I wrote a letter to the editor of the Daily Guardian exposing his plagiarism. The case was thrown to the garbage can by the city prosecutor’s office. Since then, Lujan has managed to hide under the guise of an NGO worker. But his activities have not ceased. I’ve been told so many other Ilonggos have become victims to his hacking, which became his passion after the plagiarism case caused his disgraceful downfall in the world of journalism.

Ilonggos should beware of this man.

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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