If you follow my blog you know that a few days ago I was spammed, hacked, violated. Am I using strong language? Yes I am. Millions of people use the Internet. We use it with the belief that we are safe and that we are part of a community of like-minded people. I guess I was naïve. I am aware that there are those that troll the Internet like sharks in the water. Because of the anonymity factor some people feel that they can get away with travesties. Bullying comes to mind. That is perhaps the most vile use of the Internet.
What happened to me was, in actual fact, a nuisance. Nothing more. I was inconvenienced for a few days. I enabled several people who actually do this for a living to go after the perpetrator. I helped good people do their job.
My computer was shut down because my server thought that I might be the one perpetrating the Spam. When I called them they assured me they did not believe I was in fact the guilty party. They believed I had been used. They were able to shut down the assailant and as a result all the emails were bounced back to my inbox. They asked me to leave them there for a few days for them to continue their investigation. Of course I complied. If this . . . “person” is doing this to me then they are doing it to someone else as well. By the time I was able to use my email I had more than 20,000 emails to delete. Oh my that took time.
So I am sure you can understand why I wasn’t answering comments nor was I checking out any posts. I was taking the precaution so as not to inadvertently pass on anything untoward.
Now that this episode is over I am left wondering what would make a sentient, one would assume sane, individual resort to these kinds of tactics? I don’t see any monetary gain. How can you get a thrill out of causing thousands of people to read an email they don’t want? I’m sure I’m missing something.
I can understand someone stealing something because they want it. I can understand someone hurting another because they feel they have been hurt themselves. I may not condone it, but I do understand. I can understand people cheating for the thrill. I can’t see what anybody gets out of spamming. Which, by the way, I have just learned is considered an actual word.
In this big beautiful world there are all kinds of people. Not everyone will be considered a positive addition. So I will mark this episode up to experience and go back to remembering that spam used to taste good between two pieces of toast.