I was excited when I woke up today to take the three hour drive from Waco up to Tyler, Texas to visit some of my family. Eating dinner with family I hadn’t seen for many years, I began receiving a barrage of calls, stating that a hacker had posted anonymous comments on itself, an anonymous site.
The blogosphere is a unique place, where people from all sides of the political spectrum come to express their opinions. While some would try to stop the free expression of ideas, I am a proponent of it.
Over 80% of the comments on my site are from anonymous people.
When I received a call from numerous people telling of a hacker, I did not think of anyone except the readers. I immediately halted comments, and then the site itself. If our comments are not safe, neither are the over 700 different ip addresses who have commented on TC since moving to wordpress.
If I can not feel safe commenting on a site as myself, then it is not worth commenting. If this kind of behavior continues, the blogosphere will cease to exist.
I have stored comments made on my site, as well as posts, but until this matter can be fully resolved have chosen to suspend Too Conservative and have rerouted traffic to Commonwealth Conservative.
I hope every blog ensures that their comments are not for public knowledge, even when personal vendettas get in the way.
If I have offended anyone to the point of hacking into my site, I am sorry.
Please help me shed light on the events of today, I know together we can get to the bottom of this.
Once known, I will be sure to reveal the identity of the hacker to the blogger community, even if it is the last post I ever write.
Thanks for your civility,
Aka Too Conservative
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Vincent (TC) Responds regarding tonight's events
As I often do when speculation arises, I contacted Vincent, who was kind enough to send me an e-mail to post. I do so here without modification. I will briefly add a thought or two in the comment section.