Everyone is vulnerable to capitol hacker

Nereo Lujan went on a hacking rampage yesterday. First he disabled my two Yahoo email accounts. Not satisfied, he went for a bigger kill. He attacked and gain control of my Facebook account later in the afternoon. As I said, he is good. He went about the crime — hacking is a serious crime — with Swiss-clock precision. Before I could repel the attack, he had already changed the account information and removed my log-in email address as well as alternate address. I was barred from my own Facebook account.

The hijacking of my Facebook account is the second such attack by Mr. Lujan. The Somali pirates would look like kindergarten kids with the way he carried out the hijacking. Cold-blooded. He must even have attained sexual orgasm over his triumphant intrusion. I can guess he gloated about it before his cohorts at the Iloilo capitol. But more than that, it gave him satisfaction to have retaliated at my having exposed his as a plagiarist.

This latest incident is no longer to be taken lightly. Mr. Lujan is social networking sites and email accounts with impunity. He is like a serial killer on the loose. I can’t begin to count the cadavers left in his path — identities stolen and people’s right to privacy invaded. The sad thing is that this appears to be sanctioned by his boss at the capitol, especially when it comes to my case. The attack against me was double-bladed: it was revenge for Mr. Lujan and retaliation for his bosses. For them, the only way to hurt me is steal my online accounts. The truth contained in my blog articles are much too painful for them, and they can’t fend him truth.

But this isn’t just my personal concern. Everyone is vulnerable to his hacking attacks. A number of his former friends intimated to me how they, too, became victims. Today, it’s Boy Mejorada who fell victim. Tomorrow, it could be a radio station anchorman or reporter or government official or even the current provincial administrator or even the capitol’s IT system.

He will not stop. He has tasted blood, and he will thirst for more.

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.

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.