You always hear about robots who post spam (spambots), but here we seem to have a gremlin, and it wasn’t exactly spam that was posted. There were some signs of unusual activity on the site, first affecting mostly the back-end logs. Later on, we got notified of the appearance of a rather strange comment on the Remembrance Thread. It was very odd to see that comment posted up, and the text sounded familiar. It turned out to be the contents of a two year old private email exchange that named names, and there was little reason for it to be posted up at all.
The comment was made under the name of one of our regular contributors, but here’s the thing: the poster in question was not even near a computer at the time. Furthermore, the poster in question always used their own IP address. They are known to us and have no reason to hide, yet this comment was posted using a proxy. The logs show the poster in question being logged in using a proxy, something they’d never done in their lives. Further investigation revealed that the poster in question hadn’t logged in, nor had they posted anything.
A series of rather bizarre events followed: the poster in question attempted to log in and was not able to do so, then they were advised to change their password as it was clear someone had used their user account to post. After that, the site was inaccessible for most of the day and the logs have been showing some unusual activity.
We are still conducting investigations into the sequence of events over the past 48 hours or so, however, the contents of the post rather narrow it down to those who would have had access to the text in question, which was quoted word-for-word.
Ok just to let you know I have heard from Sharon, it seems that I am accused of passing information from the team area to one [removed on request] although her name is not mentioned but who else do we know that is a [removed] and doesn’t disclose her informants, plus has a [removed for privacy] lol, I am of course denying every bit of it, so I am sure that’s why [removed on request] is on moderation.