On being hacked… and unhacked. And something about TRUTH
My email account firstname.lastname@example.org was usurped on 24 March and the supplanter sent this anserine message to some four and a half thousand people:
Hello how are you doing,i’m sorry i did’nt got you informed that i left home for England for a seminar,unfortunately i misplace my wallet where all my relevant things were kept on the way to my destination,and i was stucked in an hotel due to the money i’m owing them,i’m needing a loan of $2500 to get my self out of this situation i’m facing in this unknown country and get my self back home ,..i will appreciate whatever you can afford just to get me out of this.
please do let me know if you can be of help?..so that i can send you the details for you to send the money
Google responded to my alarm rather expeditiously I am happy to report and by 27 March the account was restored to me, allowing me a few hours’ amusement at the responses to Jon Dunderhead’s message.
There were 347 responses to the request for bailout. Only seven people I regularly correspond with answered Tom Knucklehead in mild to extremely abusive tones and also alerted me to what I already knew on my alternative amail address.
An acclaimed skeptic bought Harold Hammerhead’s assumptive bunkum hook, line and sinker and fired off a warning about exposure. I really thought this pillar of integrity’s previous inadvertence was a flook. I wanted to accept that it was an unfortunate reflex borne from irritation. But apparently this esteemed academic concludes regularly on biased and incomplete data. Oy, vey.
The balance of the responses were pretty evenly divided between quidnuncs and believers.
The quidnuncs responded as quidnuncs respond. No surprises there.
But the believers!
“Na die hel met jou wat God so vloek!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” (Yip. 16 !’s.)
“Kom eers tot bekering, dan vra jy hulp. Ons bid elke dag vir jou bekering.”
“VRA MAAR VIR JOU ‘IDOL’SATAN!! HY SAL MET Ñ SMILE HELP”
“Ons christene sal jou met liefde help,maar dan moet jy eers op jou knieë gaan en vir Jesus vergifnis vra oor die tye wat jy altyd vir hom vloek en Hom beledig.sodra jy tot bekering gekom het,sal jy geseën word.ons Christene bly bid dat jy tot bekering sal kom.”
“As Christen kan ek jou nie help nie want jy is nie ‘n Jesuskind nie.”
“Nooit sal ek ‘n vinger lig om jou te help nie jy wat Jesus se vyand is”
“Dit kom nou van God minag. Jy verdien wat jou oorgekom het.”
And so on. And so on. And so on.
Truth… what someone wants to accept irrespectively. Point.
Truth. Probably the greatest lie imaginable.
I must admit that the response from no fewer than 4 dominees struck me: They, all of them, questioned the validity of the message based on my usual turn of phrase. (As did one internationally acclaimed skeptic.) Now if only the reverends can read the Bible similarly…