Who is tampering with our website?

Ever since the disappearance of our screenwriter, Robert Hurley, the website for our latest film, Dostoevsky Reimagined (www.dostoevsky-bts.com), has been plagued by a steady onslaught of intrusions and invasions.

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11259612_686031988167698_5071038835620338968_n (1)When VMP blogger and researcher, Lauren Saccone, was initially trying to unearth clues regarding Hurley’s disappearance, she reports being hindered by almost daily glitches on the website and connected links and e-mails. Later on in her investigation, all of her files, notes and e-mails disappeared, along with several Hurley blog posts that simply ‘blinked out of existence’. Technical intervention at this stage revealed several hacking attempts into our servers, not with the motive to gather information, but to destroy information.

After Lauren’s sudden withdrawal from her investigations into Robert Hurley’s disappearance, Mark Salcido Mark Salcido - 4.29.16stepped into her shoes and came up against similar problems with the security of our website, leading him to ask the question: ‘Are the Russian Mafia reading our e-mails?

A Serious ManBlogger and researcher, Ford Harris (left photo), later reports a serious website server crash, where blog posts about Hurley again disappeared. Technical support was able to confirm that these particular posts were specifically targeted and removed intentionally.

Last night, we discovered yet another cyber-attack on our website, with lists of members’ e-mail addresses and names being replaced with alphanumerical codes. We may try to explain this away as just another spamming, but this seems like an unusual form of attack: not sending unsolicited messages, not advertising, not gathering data, not attention-seeking. Again, this appears to be an attempt to destroy information. Or induce paranoia, perhaps? The spam attack began on the 18th June and ended on the 25th June after our web developers installed ‘captcha’ on all of our web pages. It is strange that it was only our Dostoevsky Reimagined- BTS website that was targeted, as the same subscriber sign-up forms are available on our VMP site too.

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A quick Google search will confirm that it is common knowledge that the Russian Mafia are the most prolific cybercriminals in the world. Robert Hurley’s connections to the Russian Mafia are undeniable. But… is he a victim? Or is it possible that he has become one of them? Someone professing to be Robert Hurley sent an e-mail through the VMP website, then vanished. Is he playing a game with us?

If the Russian Mafia wanted to shut our website down completely, then I am positive that they have the ability to do exactly that. So why are we suffering small-scale, but regular, pernicious cyber-attacks? Is it a warning? Or could it be a message from Hurley?

The thing that’s giving me chills at the moment is the fact that reports on Russian Mafia targeted cyberattacks often include the words ‘targeted assassinations’. Is it time to stop our investigations?

Be sure to visit our website and learn more about Robert Hurley and the film that was made about his disappearance at Dostoyevsky Reimagined: The Making of Notes from the New World.

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Jade’s blog:

My research into Dark onto Light

Ford’s blogs:

The Missing Screenwriter: Golden Dolls

The Missing Screenwriter: A Certain Code

The Missing Screenwriter: What’s Not on the Menu

The Missing Screenwriter: To the Breaking Point

The Missing Screenwriter: Cloak-and-Dagger

The Missing Screenwriter: An Inside Job

The Missing Screenwriter: Eyes Wide Shut

The Missing Screenwriter: Relevant Patterns

The Missing Screenwriter: When Darkness Becomes Light

The Missing Screenwriter: Diary of a Madman

The Missing Screenwriter: What We Know So Far

Mark’s blogs:

Dead End

It only got Stranger and Stranger…

My Attempts to Work with Jord, the Vlogger

Lauren’s blogs:

Production Notes: The Plight Of The Vlogger

Production Notes: A New Perspective

Production Notes: Disappearances, Dark Tidings, & Sinister Situations

Production Notes: Changing Seasons, Changing Moods, And What Comes Next

Production Notes: Vlogs, The Missing, And The Fear

Production Notes: What Happened To Robert Hurley? 

Production Notes: Incentives, Sign-Ups, And More Mysteries 

Production Notes: Saying Goodbye, Staying On Track, & Ominous Signs 

Production Notes: Incentives, Updates and the Missing Screenwriter

The Missing Screenwriter: Silence Speaks Volumes

Changes, Updates, & The Missing Screenwriter 

Shari’s blogs:

The Missing Screenwriter: Dark Onto Light continued

The Missing Screenwriter: Dark Onto Light

The Missing Screenwriter: The Journal

The Missing Screenwriter: Part Two

The Missing Screenwriter: Part One

Debbie Hockey

Writer. Blogger. Renovator. Adventurer.

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