UPDATED: Check out the comments on this post for ‘interesting developments…’.

Some readers might remember an episode that occurred earlier this year:  Internet ninja cowboys … or schoolboys?

Blackhat techniques? {snort!} (image: hathorizons.com - click)

Hilarious! A few hours after I set up ThePaepae.com’s new Facebook page yesterday, overnight we had a sudden surge of email… with a lot of ‘Please confirm your subscription to our mailing list’ messages.

It seems someone (who? I wonder) had a bit of time on their hands and submitted ThePaepae.com’s email address (not disclosed on the Facebook page, so no ‘leak’ there) to a bunch of mail list subscription pages.

Like a lot of ‘internet marketing’ ruses, these juvenile tricks might have worked in the past, but fortunately they’re pretty easy to spot.

Well, guess what?

More ‘juvenile tricks’ (By coincidence? You be the judge.)

A couple of days ago, somebody submitted thePaepae.com’s email address to a website called ‘allspammedup.com’ — adding a fake message from ‘Peter’ [ahem] extending the invitation ‘spam away baby‘…

Wow. Impressive internet skills! (Er, not!) Pretending to be me and asking for spam.

Well, hardy har, har, har! I wonder who could possibly have done that? And for what possible reason?

As the listserv message about the last wanker er, prankster spelt out very clearly:

This is usually done in retribution for having posted something on a public forum which made the perpetrator lose face. …

… in most cases this person will be a technically skilled individual who will know what steps need to be taken in order to hide one’s track. It is usually much easier to identify the perpetrator using traditional investigative methods, such as looking for technically skilled individuals that the victim has recently angered.

Can anyone think of anyone who this description possibly might fit? By any chance? Anyone?

Who could it b– … hang on, I’m getting an idea!

UPDATED: Check out the comments on this post for ‘interesting developments…’