So….. I got sucker punched.
For the last several months, as you probably know, I have been inundated by spam bots, code executing excessively, and other problems that led to my blog being offline most the time. It was up maybe a few hours each month and never in time for me to correct anything.
With that going on, some email miscommunication, oversights by tech support and globe-trotting on my part created what I must admit is a bit of a disaster. My domain was sold. I won’t comment on the blog to which it now directs. But I wonder if there is some connection to the scrapers that were piling on before.
Chief among them was a Russian scraper called Megaindex, which some sites consider shady. But then a lot of bots also disguise themselves, so I have no idea who or what was really behind all of that.
Next thing you know, Godaddy, the mother..or daddy..of all domain-snatchers had gobbled me up. Godaddy is a whole story to itself. But then, my former domain host and its reseller are also now sisters in a huge combine called Endurance International Group. Turns out that Goldman Sachs owns shares in EIG, which bought my host in 2014.
Thrilling any conspiracy fan, that was when problems of access to my cpanel began. In 2016 the bot attacks began. They accelerated into 2017, leaving me afraid they would wipe out the blog itself.
Well, the blog seems to have got through. But the domain is lost, maybe for good.
Also gone, and probably the object of the whole sabot…I mean sale.. were hundreds of links.
Gone are traffic, domain authority, page rank and other important things.
They were disguised and distorted by the spam attacks and by Google, the spy-state’s bff, but they were solid.
The links were my petty proof that I could take a licking and survive.
If I sound stoic, it’s because I am.
This is a war and the prize is your mind. Erasing people from the web, rewriting history, stealing IP (and links are not intrinsic to the domain – they are intrinsic to the blog), are all part of the war.
What does the law have to say about it?
The law, as usual, is a flat-footed copper, opening fire on the victims and letting the guilty off.
The underworld of the internet on the other hand is the dark kingdom of Dr. Moriarty.
It needs Sherlock.