My name is Gabriel and I live here in Hoboken with my wife and children. We are avid readers of Patch and so are many friends and colleagues of ours. We started a deletion team recently and took down many of the posts on Patch in recent days... We take turns monitoring you little babies.Who is also this guy (posted on Patch):
Who is also this guy (texted to GA):
Wow, thanks for the text, anonymous, creepy censorship-guy! You've even got a Secret Agent name, like Agent 007... only you're Secret Agent 2017770411.
Unless... that's your PHONE NUMBER.
Oooh, GA loves puzzles.
So, if 2017770411 ISN'T a cool Secret Agent name, then it's the telephone number of the person who has deleted hundreds of comments recently on Patch message boards, driven down their traffic and continues to do so... kinda like a cyber-terrorist.
And if GA could find out WHO 2017770411 IS, then perhaps the motivation behind the malevolent cyber-attack on Patch's discussion forum could be 'understood'. Hmmm...
Oh, my goodness. Did you see that?
Secret Agent Cyber-Censorship Deleting Man is... Perry Klaussen?
So, this mass-deleting is not a (wholly) POLITICAL operation, this is an ATTACK on a business competitor.
Klaussen has deleted hundreds of comments in the last weeks, in an effort to hurt Patch's business- the way he killed his own- by moderating registrants until they leave, disgusted.
Now, could ONE person do this deleting?
YES, if he/she uses proxy IP software, he/she could come in under the 3 separate IP addresses to flag a comment as "inappropriate." Klaussen could be doing this either with 'help' or solo.
It doesn't matter. Patch/AOL has a problem. I've notified Claire.
GA's gotten quite a bit of email from 'Gabriel' this week- unpleasant, creepy stuff. Now that I know it's Klaussen, the rantings about Patch- and Claire (I'm redacting those- all lies) 'make sense'. Here's an example:
You're aware patch used to be 1500 employees and it's now 200 right? You really think Claire is going to help you w a comment protecting device? Patch lost 150 million last year, if you think aol will spend a nickel thn you're foolish. Claire Said (redacted) They fired their sales guy. Patch will be under by summer. You're on your own sweet cheeks and every time we see nonsense were there to help clean up hoboken. Enjoy your day!Nuts, huh? 'Gabriel Ashir' (Gabe Ashir = gay basher) is obsessed, fixated on the death of Patch and is trying to censor it out of existence.
Can AOL stop him?
GA doesn't know. They could make an example out of him, if they wanted.
But at the end of the day, is Klaussen'a cyber-attack ILLEGAL?
I think AOL can prove malice and premeditation- I've turned my emails over to Patch. But... this is what GA has a legal department for.
Not-Stempler... yoo hoo.
In the meantime, if your comments have been disappearing on Patch, now you know who is repsonsible. And he may not be working alone.
(Update, 11:00 am)
Just for the record. a commenter on Patch, Capt Jack'd, posted earlier today that Klaussen's number may have been 'spoofed' (faked), because he could not believe he'd be that stupid. I'd never heard of spoofing- don't know how the hell that works. That's for the record.