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Special Topics The Phenomenon 6/Apr/2003

A dossier of intelligence on the April 2003 referral phenomenon.

Blog I'm a nitwit 6/Apr/2003

According to Bill Kearney, I'm a "nitwit", for looking into the referral phenomenon.

You'll notice you can't leave a comment on his site, so leave one here.



PS. Check out his Iraq jokes, if you have the time.

Blog The saga rolls on 6/Apr/2003

A cursory search on Google shows some insight into the FBI story that has been preoccupying me over the last couple of days:

The Independent columnist, Chris Gulker's website was similarly afflicted, and he links back to mrry from here.

Tech Blogger Brent Simmons' weblog also received a mysterious hit from the FBI, but he's writing it off as a prank. and have been having the same experience, amongst others.

It probably is a prank, but since it was done after the first of April, the person who pulled it is the fool. So ner ner.



Blog The West Wing 5/Apr/2003

Further intrigue abounds in the Am-I-a-filthy-Islamist-terrorist-Frenchman saga. On perusing my logs the day after my visit from the feds, this address turns up amongst the visitors (the link doesn't work):

The person in question had an IP ( that traced to Washington, on a computer that has a web server (here), and he or she visited the same page as the FBI did, almost exactly 24 hours later. And even although there is no site at, I have it on good authority that it stands for "Executive Office of the President".

All of which technical jargon leads me to surmise that somewhere in the West Wing, somebody was looking at my site. And even if it's some huge practical joke, the thought of that is rather tickling.



Blog Wanted by the FBI 3/Apr/2003

The noble pastime of log-reading is an underappreciated one, but when it crosses into the realm of international espionage, it becomes - at least - worth writing about.

I was browsing through my list of visitors this afternoon, when I noticed two odd referring links (the site won't load for me, so I suspect it's an intranet):

Respectively, the links pointed to this page and this one. I thought this seemed a bit odd, until I noticed this article on the former, about that site, in particular this article: Why Is The War On Terrorism Not Just About Al-Queda?

So, for mentioning Al-Qaeda, or terrorism, or the USA and why it should be feared by every country in the world, you get on an FBI watchlist, which is pretty cool, in my humble opinion. Perhaps Echelon works.

Rather ominously though, I checked the IP address of our federal friend, and it turned up four other visits. Two of them were on the 29th of March, referred from; and a further two were early today, from Both linked to the exact same pages. Free Proxies provides (ironically for an $18.95/month fee) proxy servers, some anonymous; and Fallen Domains tips you off about domain names that are about to be deregistered, spookily.

So if I disappear off the net in the next few days, or indeed miss any of my public engagements, you can probably find me in Guantanamo Bay. And before I forget, the IP of the visitor was, which is somewhere in America, and has a peculiar webpage.

Remember in Wargames, when the protagonist hacked into the Pentagon, and started launching nuclear missiles (Weapons of Mass Destruction, if you will)? I'm not recommending that.

Paranoid Cheers,







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