For the fifth time in 18 months, a malicious hacking bug got under the radar ( this morning while comment threading at the latest Tsipras piece) as a result of which my IP address was declared invalid, and all my Skype settings erased.
My pc did warn me about ten minutes in that the hack was on board (getting tougher malware detection does have some uses) but by that time enough damage had been done to d**k me around. I’m told by the protection sector that several attempts had been made previously but all had been repulsed. But this latest ‘invisible’ model got through.
The timing and MO are similar in nature to the previous four attacks – that is, always following investigative posts critical of the ECB, the EC, the UK Treasury, or Greece’s Troika treatment.
On Sunday, I ran a piece predicting low Greek election turnout that was right to within 1.9%; this was followed by damaging information about new Greek Gauleiter Maarten Vermey, and his position at the EIB operating independently of the ECB; and finally late last night, a piece suggesting how re-elected Alexis Tsipras could if necessary cut Vermey’s balls off.
So you could say I was pressing all the buttons. But the obvious common denominator here is Maarten Vermey.
With technical help, I’m back up and running within two hours; for obvious reasons, I won’t be expanding on how. For those who haven’t seen it, below is the piece that may have broken the camel’s back: