THE PICKERING POST HACKERS
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
The unrelenting, concerted hacking of the Pickering Post site since the 12-part series exposing halal certification, has been frustrating for all posters. I have been unable to explain what steps were being taken to defeat these opponents of free speech without alerting them to what was being done to defeat them.
The site lost many posters and contributors but I wish to sincerely thank all those who stayed with the site despite the difficult and frustrating conditions.
Many regular posters were blocked from contributing by the hackers using "brute force" and hijacking usernames from the back-end with foul material being posted under regular posters’ names and avatars.
Unfortunately, banning the hackers also meant banning the legitimate posters, which was obviously the hackers’ destructive intention.
I felt it was essential (to the extent it was possible) to try to keep the site going as normal while the problem was being attended to.
After six weeks’ work, a new site has now been built and all data has been transferred (apart from some historical comments and the avatar ribbons). The old site will stay operable for a while and will eventually point to the new site.
Apologies to all for the time involved, but over 10,000 log-in details of posters had to be quarantined from the hackers and transferred to the new site.
There will obviously be a few bugs arise with the new site and they will be fixed as we go but the new encryption and dedicated remote server will ensure the hackers are dead in the water.
In fact had they been smarter they could have done irreparable damage, so it was imperative not to give them any information in the process of trying to explain the situation to you.
I am also trying to include some new features like “Ask Alice” and other stuff.
All those who were banned please log in again. All posters should log in again anyway using the security "captcha" under whatever name and details you like. In future all trolls and hackers will be immediately recognised and banned without compromising legitimate posters.
Paypal details were always protected and were not compromised at any time.
Thank you for staying with me and a huge ‘thankyou’ to my loyal unpaid contributors who were instrumental in, and very much a part of, the recent International Bloggers Award for New Zealand and Australia, http://2015.bloggi.es/ and a particular ‘thank you’ to all the posters who help make this site what it was meant to be... a platform for free speech.
Your comments are always entertaining, incisive, knowledgeable and sometimes rude, but never boring and never moderated.
Contrary to what many think, I run this site by myself, without assistance, and will continue to do so for as long as I am able.
You can go to the new site at www.thepickeringpost.com