Monday, January 24, 2005

Why all the attention? :)

I have one of these Adsense counters monitoring this blog, and last week, like a seismograph recording a 9.0 Richter (compared to my baseline of clicks), people seem to have gone apeshit for little 'ol Telecoms in Latvia.
There could be a couple of reasons for this. One is that there are new searchbots out their and their visits haven't been filtered out yet.
The other is that there was something really interesting. Don't know what it could have been? The Man in the Middle thing? Nobody's confirmed it yet, plus, internationally, this is nothing new. It's just phishing where, thanks to the miracles of technology, you can watch the bait being taken and swallowed in real time and ram it down your victim's throat. At least I think that's how it works.
Another theory is that Coolynx, the author of the demolished Latvian geek and cyberhead website, linked to the Man in the Middle article and all of his followers paid a visit. now is at the Berlin 1947 stage. The rubble has been removed and a skeleton of buildings is reappearing. I still can't forgive myself for not noticing how he got wiped out in November, for fuck's sake. But I guess I had no interest in reading stuff about how to install the RatBat Version 0.875 (nor did I have any idea what you do with the RatBat 0.875 once it runs), which was sort of the daily bread of the website, although it often had some inside stuff about what was going on in the Latvian IT scene, like the infamous pilfering of a school pupil database some year or two ago.
Also, I write this on a Powerbook G4 with Mac OS 10.37 or something, and most of the discussions are for the Linux/Wintel world. In fact, one of the more bizarre reasons cited for breaking the pot (pods is pot in Latvian) was that Coolynx was considered too much of a Linux wise-ass. Tell that to the childrens' site or the town of Mālpils, whose websites went down when the server with on it was whacked. Interestingly, they never got inside of pods, so, like with a guy who has put steel doors and alarms on his apartment, they took down the whole building with the cyber version of a laser-guided 1000 kg bomb.
Whatever the reason, please do keep visiting and do visit the new pods rising from the ashes, if you read Latvian.

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