March 16, 2007

Strange doings

Someone wrote to say that local right wing crank "QC Media Ghost" had continued with his unprovoked and inexplicable attacks on yours truly, but that his site was apparently gone.

I try to avoid his blog like I avoid jock itch, but when I got done with other worthwhile pursuits, I went to the QC Online page that lists the output for local blogs.

There I clicked on the link to QCMedia's most recent ooze and it returned an error page saying the site couldn't be found. Due to some bugs in the QC Online blog page, it's not unusual for links directly to individual posts to not work, so I did what I usually have to do, and that is to click on the link below the title of the post that links directly to the source blog itself, in this case,

But instead of the expected swinish insults, what appeared was a giant page full of large hardcore XXX pictures and come ons to view teen porn. For a moment I thought maybe QCMediaGhost had gone into another line of publishing. But evidently not.

I have no idea what's gone on, but my first suspicion is that someone must have hacked old QC's blog. If so, that's not cool. I expect it will get straightened out, assuming that QC himself didn't intend things to be this way.

But be warned. Don't go to from the QC Online blog page or here or anywhere else, or you'll be taken to a graphic XXX site which also tries to pop up all sorts of fake security crap and download malware to your computer.

Gotta admit though, it couldn't have happened to a nicer person.


At 3/16/2007 9:49 AM, Blogger Dave Barrett said...

As a result of a little investigation into this matter, including help from a nephew in Chicago who reads my blog, I can say that if you disable Java Script in your browser you are not redirected to the porn site when you try to go to the qcmedia blog but everything in the blog is gone except for one entry called "teen driving" (which contains a Java script link to the porn site.)
Although qcmediaghost has been very rude and crude lately and deserves to be shunned and ignored he does not deserve to have his blog criminally vandalized. If whoever did this thinks they were furthering some political point of view by doing this then they are mistaken.

At 3/16/2007 12:15 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...


After giving it a little more thought, I now suspect that QC Media Ghost found himself clicking on some porn somewhere which downloaded an ActiveX component and installed a worm on his system. The worm would then allow access to his system. The links to XXX videos on the site that appears attempts to do this, and if you don't have up to date security measures, it would do so without the users knowledge.

This may have automatically searched for and hacked his site or it could have allowed someone to do it manually.

I'm not up on hacking techniques, and don't know if it happened that way, but that's my theory.

QC MediaGhost is now vowing to find and prosecute whoever hacked him. Good luck.

At 3/16/2007 12:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's apperant who hacked Media Ghosts web page! Who had motive? Who among us was so outraged that someone would question hiom that he wrote an story about it?

It's clear who is responsible. I hope my friend finds out who did this to him and takes legal action.

At 3/16/2007 1:09 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Dream on, Goober.

Maybe it was bin Laden that did it? That would fit perfectly into QCmediaghost's paranoid world-view and make him feel important at the same time.

First of all, I was never anything close to "outraged". I stopped taking QCMedia seriously long ago. The truth is that I laughed my ass off when I read his recent screeds. I thought it was hilarious. Creepy, but hilarious.

Secondly, from what I saw, QC didn't question me or anything I've written, he simply posted his usual pointless attacks and name-calling. Big deal. And even if he had questioned me, I've had my views questioned about 10,000 times. I think it's part of the territory of course. I don't have time to be "outraged" every time that happens. Besides, if someone's honest and explains why they disagree, that's fine with me.

Third, my response here was an attempt to respond with humor. There was clearly no "outrage" about it.

Fourth, you can, and no doubt will, try to accuse me of somehow doing this stupid thing. But the fact remains that I wouldn't waste a minute trying to hack that goof's site, even if I could.

Why would I? He did more damage to himself by having it up than with it down.

I only looked at his mess recently when I happened to see myself mentioned in the title to one of his posts while browsing the QC Online blog page. Other than that, I've probably gone to that site about 4 times in the last 6 months. I rarely wasted my time and had zero interest.

I think whoever hacked his site was wrong to do it, and I also don't think it had anything to do with the fact that QCMedia Ghost is a far-right crackpot. I don't imagine it had anything to do with his ramblings or political views at all.

As I've said, it's much more likely he probably picked up a worm or virus from some porn site because he didn't have proper security measures in place or didn't keep them up to date, and it allowed either some program or person to hack his site.

He can pretend to be a martyr and blame this on liberals or immigrants or whatever other group in his large pantheon of boogie-men, and I'm sure he will. Why not? He blames everything in the world on them already.

But the truth is very likely that this had absolutely nothing to do with his whacked-out views, and everything to do with bad security and going to the wrong website than anything else.

I also doubt there's any way to find out who did it. But I wish him luck in finding the culprit. I'm certainly not worried.

Enjoy your lazy conspiracy theories, something tells me it's a hobby of yours.

At 3/16/2007 4:29 PM, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Porn in his ActiveX, huh? Cue the Eagles "We are just prisoners here, of our own device."

Makes the Jim Thompson picture even funnier.

At 3/16/2007 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You protest too much!

It's clear what happened!

At 3/17/2007 2:20 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

What I don't know about all this web tech could, and does, fill a thousand books.

But I know that ActiveX is the little program from Microsoft that allows websites and programs to do certain things... it's like a mini-program that allows the running of a little program. It can be something inocuous like playing a video or sound clip or allow the sending or gathering of information from the viewer.

Anyway, I know that it can be dangerous, and Internet Explorer usually pops up a warning if a site is trying to run an ActiveX control or trying to install one.

And sites like that XXX site involved in this are like booby traps (no pun intended) with dozens of pop-ups designed to fool users into thinking it's a warning from their own computer, and spyware, worms, and virii lurking behind every link.

The entire purpose of the site is to either install trojan programs or otherwise be able to use the victims computer to launch further attacks.

Once trojan programs infect a computer, they often don't do any damage to that computer per se, but rather now have a little program installed which allows anyone who knows it's there to control it remotely. The computer owner has no idea of any of this. Then the trojan can automatically search the users address book, etc. and send out more e-mails containing more trojans or other forms of attack and seek to install more of these trojan, worm, or virii to other computers.

This is why old QC will likely never find out who or what did this. It could have come from someone's computer who had no idea whatsoever that they were infected.

QCMediaGhost just wandered around in the wrong neighborhood online, or clicked on the wrong link, or opened up the wrong link in e-mail, or any of a number of ways that a computer could be infected.

Or I suppose it could have been a targeted hack against him specifically, I have no idea. But I think the odds are against it.

I'd be curious to see what he finds out, though as I've said, I really doubt he will find out anything.

What he'll probably do is pay someone way too much money, and they'll run a virus scan and a scan for trojans, etc. and it will reveal that his computer is full of them.

Beyond that, there's not much he can do, other than cleaning them all out if possible and getting things set up properly to prevent it happening again.

That's assuming that's how he got hacked. It just as well might be something entirely different. Who knows?

I hope he shares what he finds out, if anything. I'd be curious to know.

At 3/17/2007 3:42 PM, Blogger Robbie C. said...

Geez, go away to the tech lacking in laws for a few days and this happens. Hope they are able to at least get their shit working again. Though I avoid the site like the plague now. Its just a vehicle for them to spew hate.

At 3/17/2007 4:02 PM, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Hell, I make no claim at committing any journalism, so I'm just gonna assume he had unprotected cybersex.


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