Sunday, June 07, 2009

Cyberwarfare near and far

Remember the passing newsoid about the 'cybersquatter' who snatched up I was just looking at the domain and it no longer has anything untoward on it. Not sure how long that has been true for. Did someone finally cough up the ransom price to buy the domain? The whois listing does not tell much. I wonder what they had to pay for it? If they did of course.

You know... I got confused, but it's a different story. The past news was about not But the former does seem to have been bought by someone and is being used in a less than positive way. Not sure how long that has been going on, but it has some new blog-like content starting in April. I just noticed it. Same question though, I wonder what someone paid for the domain if it isn't owned by the original 'domain speculator' any longer.

Which brings up another post from the past here, but also in news stories about how folks were battling over the Luke Ravenstahl Wikipedia entry. The Wiki entry on LR seems to have mostly settled down. I just noticed there is a Pat D. entry on Wikipedia. Unless I missed it I can't find an entry for Dok Harris, but there is a Wikipedia entry for Kevin A. already. Not so surprising, but it is fun to look at who generated the content. Lots of entry from one author who has no other contributions other than on that one page. Is that really is the only thing he or she has written? Probably does not rise to the level of sockpupetry per se, but if Wikipedia worked as intended and you could see everyone's full content it would be interesting. But there is a curious thing noted in the history. It appears the whole entry was deleted by one of those Wiki powers that be soon after it was created. My interpretation of the wiki comment is that it looks like the Acklin expert generated a page before he announced for mayor and the Wiki editor deleted it for lacking significance. Note the tag given including him among "American Activists". Well then.

Enough fun with trivialities. Cyberwarfare is becoming a big thing. The Air Force had a plan to create a new cyber-warfare command somewhere in the US, but put those plans on hold last fall and a newer scaled down version in Texas looks to be likely. With cyberwarfare in the news more and more, the larger plan might show up again . That post has a quote that the new command would need 2-4 thousand people working for it. Wonder where would be a good place for something like that? or maybe just some big part of it? Might be something to whisper in Obama's ear while he is here. But stay away from the guy with the briefcase standing nearby.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Acklin Campaign- always classy. Always.

Seems like they took Dok's Profile off of wikipedia.

Monday, June 08, 2009 3:07:00 PM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

Since I've expressed my fondness for the movie / book on a few occasions, I just want to declare that I'm not PghWatchman.

Monday, June 08, 2009 9:28:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

that is a joke right? I see no evidence that a Dok Harris entry was deleted from wikipedia. It's possible I suppose.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009 12:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Romney/Acklin '12! said...

Yes, I think we're already on to Acklin. Like his wikipedia entry, his Renew Pittsburgh organization is a self-generated sham. No board members or organizational structure listed on the "group's" website, for instance--just Acklin, lots of verbiage and links to a couple of mentions in newspaper articles.

I watched his campaign video a few days and noted that he has used Renew Pittsburgh as a vehicle for hopping around the city, parachuting in for a clean-up project and thus attaching his name to various neighborhoods. The video quotes a guy from Brookline who said something to the effect of, "I didn't know who Acklin was. He just called me up one day and said he wanted to paint our canon." Exactly.

I give Kevin credit for organizing a clever, if painfully contrived, campaign. He grew up in Oakland, lives in Squirrel Hill, does projects in the South Hills, Hill District, North Side, works Downtown, Big Brother for a South Side kid, etc., etc. Heck, he's a real man of the city, kind of, you know ... Everybody's Boy. Ain't that cute!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009 12:46:00 PM  

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