Turbulence in the Pinoy blogosphere
My daily routine first thing in the morning is to read updates via netvibes and moderate comments (and reply to them if need be) before leaving for the office. It just so happens that I was reading up on my daily Rails (ruby on rails routine) when I stumbled into a blackmailing message on my comments.
Crab mentality FTW! [someone pointed out that me stating “It’s from a fellow pinoy” helped muddle the already murky situation, I assure everyone that there was no harm nor blame intended. It’s just that every blog that had the very same comment posted on them were Pinoy-owned blogs. Turns out, most if not everyone at the receiving end of the message is using Topblogs to track their blogs. >_> -1 for me for missing the painfully obvious.]
What started out as blackmail attempt to oust Ian Edson ended up blowing more embers than the culprit probably expected. Here’s the run down of the story so far.
Someone posted this around every pinoy-ran blog he could find (presumable targeting those tracked by topblogs) with the obvious intent of kicking Youtubemegavideo and Ian out of Adsense’s graces. Word of the attack reached Ian a few hours afterwards. Ian Edson posted his comment to clear out his name but the damage has clearly been done.
We know for a fact that the culprit used two IPs: 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206. While many have dismissed these as useless info, NilsC from the Adsense forums turned up some pretty useful information:
Some crap here – use it to build on.
Name : AliTTleBoY [ IP : 220.127.116.11 ]
Email used to sign up Msn: bboy_ddee hotmail.com
18.104.22.168 – The IP address was detected at 2009-09-14 04:59:53 (UTC) as source of Hacking activities / Script Kiddie due to its suspicious behavior while accessing a honeypot (Module: r57Shell).
Date Caught: 8/17/2009
IP Address: 22.214.171.124
Host Information: 126.96.36.199
Both IP’s belong here:
BandCon BANDCON (NET-209-107-192-0-1)
188.8.131.52 – 184.108.40.206
RouteSense Corp ROUTESENSE-209-107-217-0-24 (NET-209-107-217-0-1)
220.127.116.11 – 18.104.22.168
# ARIN WHOIS database, last updated 2009-09-17 20:00
151 Kalmus Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
As more and more people investigated the source of the comments, several of them including Ian himself pointed blame towards keybol. Investigator (a fellow caviteno.. dami pala bloggers from cavite) gave his statement to prove keybol’s innocence and soon afterwards, keybol himself (tama po ba?) also posted a comment to help clear his name from the issue.
What in the world is going on?
Same question that was going around in my head. Although as it stands, what’s clear is that the incident has sparked quite a few embers amongst our fellow pinoy bloggers which begs the questions. Who did this? Why did he do it? Etc, etc.
To the real culprit behind this. I hope your happy with the problems you’ve been causing everyone. I hope that you realize that the next time you pull something like this again, everyone will be hounding your heels.
Change accusatory seeming (I assure you it’s not) title to it’s current role now. (I didn’t realize it will help shift the blame towards keybol >_> sorry about that)
Let’s help Edson find this bastard and put him where he belongs.
Activity of Edson’s troublemaker [taken out since it’s treading on a different issue, not this]
Seems that my initial hunch was right. Ian Edson of Youtubemegavideo has confirmed that the poster who commented around on everyone’s blog about a possible clickbomb is NOT him but rather someone who’s out to ruin his name (see how Edzone is NOT Edson?) and therefore his livelihood from the big G.
The initial discussion is still on going here at the support forum for Adsense.
Respondents and reactions so far:
- Jehzeel Laurente
- Azrael for helping spread the word
- Jon Limjap
- Manang and her blogpost
- Investigator (a blogger from cavite)