Tag Archives: Wordpress

New Year – New Focus

First of all: Thanks to all followers of the econoTwist’s TWISTED blog! You know that the purpose of this blog is to raise awareness about the increasing threats from cyberspace. And it seems like my small contribution has contributed to just that. Cyber security is now on the agenda amongst most leading politicians, authorities and regulators. The topic has also found its way to the headlines of the mainstream media.

This does not mean that my work here is done. But I’ve decided to change my main focus for 2013 towards another serious threat; the threat against one of the basic human rights, the freedom of speech. Including freedom of the Press, (both off and online), and media pluralism.

Never before has so many journalist been jailed as in 2012, never before have so many journalist got killed as in 2012. Strong forces, not seen in the media industry before,  are now trying to gain control over the internet, control the information, bloggers and independent writers are under pressure, the mainstream media, too, and never before has so few publishers dominated the mass media market, large corporations who belive that the sole purpose of media is to advertize and sell stuff.

It’s a real threat to our democracy.

So, here we go: Introducing RATIONAL ARROGANCE – a brand new WordPress blog, dedicated to this particular subject. EconoTwist’s style, of course…

Click the pick and check it out!



The econoTwist’s TWISTED site will still be updated, but not as frequently as before. And some stories will be published at both sites.

For those of you who would like to keep an eye on me and my writings, I recommend following my Twitter accounts; “fhxx” or “econotwist”.

I wish you all a happy new year!



Filed under Laws and Regulations, Philosophy

WordPress.com: Engeneering Happiness?

Well, well, well…after a couple of weeks I finally got a response from the WordPress people on my question of why the blog community’s web server is being flagged as ”malicious” by my web browsers secure DNS feature. Someone who entitled herself as a “Happiness Engineer” provided me with the following clue:

We personally do not experience any problem accessing wordpress.com using other browsers.”


Imagine contacting the police to report some criminal activity you’ve observed through your  window at home and the officers only reply is: “Go look out another window.” Ms. Gabriel at WordPress.com did certainly not manage to make me any happier.

But I thought I should follow her advice.

So, I logged on with Firefox Aurora, (with the TOR proxy enabled).

After a few seconds the message you see here on the right side appeared.

In other words: WordPress.com pretends to give you a secure https connection to their servers, but in reality it is not.

So, let’s have a look at some details:

Please, have a closer look at the screenshot of the security warning in the previous post.

(Why I Have Stopped Blogging at WordPress.com).

If you click the picture, you will be redirected to this URL:




Or perhaps:


See anything suspicious?

Now, try to right-click on the same picture and select these options:

In Internet Explorer:”copy shortcut”.

And you might get this:


The actual link for the picture is supposed to be:


You can also try to use Firefox, right-click on “Copy Link Location”.

You may get something like this:




Before you try to click on any of the above links, I strongly recommend you read the rest of this post.

Today's Greeting from WordPress.com: Don't worry - browse happy!

Because I did another experiment – I traced the route my date use from my computers to the WordPress.com servers.

Here’s the long and winding road:

(First attempt)

Hopp     IP Adresse            Vertsnavn             Responstid

====      ==========        =========          ==========

1             Ikke svar fra verten

2             Ikke svar fra verten

3             Ikke svar fra verten

4             Ikke svar fra verten

5             Ikke svar fra verten

6             Ikke svar fra verten

7      kbn-bb2-link.telia.net        39 ms

8          nyk-bb2-link.telia.net        124 ms

9                   chi-bb1-link.telia.net          138 ms

10    internap-ic-140145-chi-bb1.c.telia.net          139 ms

11           border5.po1-bbnet1.chg.pnap.net  148 ms

12           layeredtech-6.border5.chg.pnap.net              291 ms

13                   139 ms

14    wordpress.com    149 ms

Tracking Completed

(Second attempt)

Hopp     IP Adresse            Vertsnavn             Responstid

====      ==========        =========          ==========

1    speedtouch.lan    55 ms

2          1.80-202-229.nextgentel.com         15 ms

3             217-13-0-37.dd.nextgentel.com      22 ms

4               25.84-48-3.nextgentel.com              23 ms

5             129.84-48-3.nextgentel.com            24 ms

6                                   22 ms

7      kbn-bb2-link.telia.net        34 ms

8          nyk-bb2-link.telia.net        129 ms

9                   chi-bb1-link.telia.net          138 ms

10    internap-ic-140145-chi-bb1.c.telia.net          138 ms

11           border5.po1-bbnet1.chg.pnap.net  149 ms

12           layeredtech-6.border5.chg.pnap.net              140 ms

13                   139 ms

14    wordpress.com    146 ms

Tracing Completed

Some of you may have stumbled over information like this.  

That’s right: Most online communication to and from the USA is now monitored or filtered by the authorities.

Here’s some more from Wikipedia:

“With the advent of programs such as the Total Information Awareness program and ADVISE, technologies such as high speed surveillance computers and biometrics software, and laws such as the Communications Assistance For Law Enforcement Act, governments now possess an unprecedented ability to monitor the activities of their subjects.”

Since IP addresses can be falsified, altered or changed, I do not spend much time trying to trace them.

I just state that whatever you post on your WordPress blog is being re-routed through some filters at “God-knows-where” by “God-knows-who,” before it reaches the “secure” servers of WordPress.com.

This also seems to be related to a story about a serious security breach at WordPress.com/org, hitting the news earlier this year, described as a “root infection.”

By following some of the leads mentioned above, I also found some interesting information in a forum at www.virginmedia.com – one of UK’s largest internet service providers:

F001623175: Routing issues to certain websites

[ Edited ] on 03-06-2011 21:02 – last edited on 04-06-2011 23:53

Hi all,

“Edit 1: This issue should now been resolved for the majority of customers. Please can you retest and let us know if you are still experiencing issues.”

“Edit 2: If you are still experiencing issues with your service, please can you perform a trace route to bbc.co.uk. If you see “wake-”  on any of hops on the trace route, we are aware of issues with traffic running via this UBR. This is raised under ticket reference number F001626122. Our engineers are working on the issue and the estimated fix date is currently 09/06/11. We are not expecting any further updates on this issue until Monday 06/06/11. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.”

“We are aware that some of our customers are experiencing issues accessing certain websites including but not limited to HSBC and BBC News. This has been raised to our network team under reference number F001623175. Our engineers are looking into the issue and hope to resolve the issue as soon as possible. As part of our investigation, our network team may require further information to identify the root cause of the problem.”

And this post also reveals that the problem of unauthorized access to servers is not limited to WordPress – not by a long shot…

“Some websites we know may be affected (please note we are not responsible for the content of these external sites):”


That’s quite a prominent list….

Oh, and by the way – this is what happened when I first tried to upload this post:


Filed under Laws and Regulations, Philosophy, Technology

Why I Have Stopped Blogging at WordPress.com

I must apologize to my regular readers for not posting anything lately. The reason is that WordPress.com is about to become one of the most unsecure websites in the entire cyber space. As you can see in this screenshot below:

I can log onto every sleazy porn site, but not wordpress.com

It’s more that a week since I asked the wordpress support dep. about what the Hell is going on! They haven’t bothered to give me an answer, yet.

My web browser, Comodo Dragon, warns me of unsecure websites.

Last week when trying to log on to EconoTwist’s, I was greeted with a big red sign, saying the site was temporary blocked because of phishing.

“The site contains links to viruses or other software programs that can reveal personal information stored or typed on your computer to malicious persons,” the message warns.

And without going into details, as I’m writing this I can see typical signs of some kind of key logger software activity.

The support people of WordPress.com have not taken any notice of my request for an explanation, so until I’ve solved this myself I won’t be posting much – sorry.

Related by the EconoTwist’s:


Filed under Laws and Regulations, Technology