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.

Under attack

The hacker/plagiarist at the capitol tried to break into my WordPress account again at around 9:29 a.m. His masters at the Iloilo Capitol must really be pressuring him to silence this blog. After all, his value to them is in his talents as hacker and demolition man. He is a known plagiarist, and the media are reluctant to touch stuff coming from him.

This attack and defend scheme makes for good exercise in security management. I’ve read enough John le Carre novels to develop my own codes and security precautions to prevent another break-in. This hacker/plagiarist has made a career in stealing — stealing other people’s identities and intellectual property. So I have to stay ahead of him in this game. If one day, you find this new blog gone, then that means he succeeded. But then again, I can always start a new blog.

Hacker attack

It was a month ago when my 4-year old “Point of View” blog was attacked by the hacker/plagiarist from the Iloilo capitol, known for his cyber demolition jobs and hacking activities, and deleted, just as great cities in the distant past were burned to the ground by vengeful conquerors. But I didn’t allow that loss to knock me out; I simply put up this new blog.

Last night (Sept. 23), the alarm bells rang me up at around midnight to alert me to another on-going attack by the hacker/plagiarist. It’s good that I have adopted the cold-war practices of the major powers whereby I sweep my laptop computer for viruses and worms regularly, occasionally even twice a day. This new blog is a target for elimination by the powers at the Iloilo capitol, as this has consistently fired issues that fell right on target. The masters of the hacker/plagiarist were not pleased apparently, and ordered a major assault.

Perhaps what irked the hacker/plagiarist’s masters at the capitol was the blog post about Aura Landar’s vindication when the DILG issued memorandum circular 2010-82, which set down in clear terms its policy regarding the status of Philippine Councilors League presidents as members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. It was a slap on the faces of Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. and Vice Governor Oscar Richard Garin who blocked Aura’s legitimate claim to the board seat in the interregnum between the end of the last term for councilors and the election of the new PCL president. The label “ignoramus” stuck on their foreheads with the issuance of this MC.

That you are reading this post indicates this blog survived last night’s attack. But I am certain the hacker/plagiarist is not going to give up. I’ll just have to be more security conscious. These past two weeks, the hacker/plagiarist has been sending emails containing worms and viruses to get him the security gates. It’s reassuring that none of these creeping attacks made it through. I hope to repulse subsequent attacks.

This hacker attack makes clear the repugnance with which the hacker/plagiarist’s masters have for the truth. They want to live in a fiction that they are doing well at the capitol. That’s the reason that for them, the elimination of this blog is top priority.

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.