Kick Me: Richard Silverstein’s Hack That Never Was

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Update (from Aussie Dave): If you are arriving at this post from Richard Silverstein’s blog post, please note that he has libeled me by claiming I “admitted direct contact with the hacker, described the hack in detail, commended his exploits, and turned the attack into a right-wing pro-Israel campaign orchestrated possibly before, but certainly after the attack.”

  • This post was written by Brian of London, not me
  • I was never in contact with the guy who defaced Silverstein’s site, nor had anything to do with it
  • I never turned this into any “right-wing pro-Israel campaign” 
Despite being informed of his “mistake”, Silverstein has not corrected his post nor removed references to what he refers to as my place of employment. His post seems intended to cause me damage.
Please note this before deciding to disseminate this lie knowingly.
More here.
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Lets have a thought experiment: what would you say if I were to drive my shiny new electric car into downtown Ramallah with a big Israeli flag on it and park. If I were to leave the keys in the ignition, a note on the steering wheel telling people the special 4 digit code needed to start it and then a big sign on the windscreen saying “Steal Me”.

If I claimed my car was then “stolen” would you support me in pressing for the death penalty for the thief? No, I thought not.

What our favourite incompetent Doucheblogger™ Richard Silverstein appears to have done over the weekend is the cyber equivalent. Jewlicious has posted a fairly long guess at the story and I suspect he’s partially correct.

I was contacted by the person who actually configured the “Israel Rules” page with the “I Stand With Israel” graphic that many people saw over the weekend. I left a comment on that blog and, recognising my name, the person contacted me directly (after approving my comment.)

I’ve verrified the claims: I’m completely certain the person I’m conversing with did have control of that page. I’m going to pass on what has been said to me.

The person (it’s not even remotely correct to call him a hacker) merely went to Richard’s site and found a completely unconfigured version of WordPress. This person is technically competent and couldn’t resist “walking through an unlocked door”. This person quickly set up the site which is the work of minutes. Anybody who has hosted their own WordPress blog for more than a week would be able to do this.

So what really happened?

Simple really. As Jewlicious points out Dickie has been publicly moaning on Twitter about his hosting company: Host Gator. He’s publicly stated he wants to move to Dream Host. Dickie’s blog doesn’t get much traffic (and we saw that with the counter on the temporary site too). He’s way below Israellycool’s traffic.

What this looks like is Dickie screwed up the move. He probably moved DNS before correctly setting up the WordPress on the new host.

That’s it. No Mossad, no CIA, no MI5 just one dumb idiot who isn’t fit to handle a ball point pen lest he stab himself with it.

And he’s now threatening to “reveal” the identity of the “hacker” and has already threatened that person’s children. Once again Richard Silverstein proves himself to be exactly what we at Israellycool have been calling him for years. Doucheblogger™.

Perhaps someone would like to buy Dickie this T-shirt.

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