Living Life In A Virtual Prison
by Zenith Elliott
Rated "G" by the Author.
edited: Saturday, July 31, 2004
Posted: Saturday, July 31, 2004
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Some of you will read this and think that it is bollox, other's will understand but be too afraid to admit this really happens...
A few years ago I excitedly bought my first computer. Having little to no real knowledge about the internet I was a little afraid and hesitatant about going online all by myself. My experience with computers was limited by the jobs that I have held, basic programs that each and every company or organization utilize to run their operations.
To me the internet seemed to be a vast hole that gulped up your personal information and left you vulnurable for potential abuses. At first I just emailed and sent instant messages to friends and family, talking to relatives all over the world and not having to pay outrageous phone bills was wonderful. Next I discovered a twenty-four hour library that was an asset for myself and my children for necessary projects. There was mind challenging games, surveys that paid real money and the prospect that I would finally be able to start getting "real" exposure for my first love...writing. Since I am disabled and living on a fixed income the reality that I could get paid for being a productive member of society was too good to be true .
Several months ago my hopes and dreams turned into a nightmare that gets worse as each day passes. I am now trapped in a virtual prison where no law or agency is able or willing to help or address the destruction of property, invasion of privacy and fear that we live with daily. A person or group of individuals has been terrorizing my family, a close friend and her family and myself. I am positive that we are not the only people that are being attacked. I do not know why! I have contacted local law enforcement, high-tech crimes, and the FBI just to name a few agencies and have received nothing but finger pointing and misinformation concerning this dilemma.
In the beginning I noticed an enormous increase in virus and trojan attacks against my computer. Every antivirus and firewall that I installed on my new Gateway computer was compromised and altered. When my freind and I talked on the telephone we would experience severe static and than a loud blast of static and the phone lines would die. Denial of service attacks are constant, our computers are networked with these terrorists and we have no administrative privilages to do anything or change things on our computers.
The phone company and ISP providers have not been able to find where or how this is happening. Every suggestion including wiping hard drives, changing ISP numbers, upgrading to top of the line antivirus and firewalls and many more have not eleviated the problems. No matter what is done these individuals get through and alter our computers into their own.
Our country is very dependent on the use of computers. Computers store our personal information and are used in every company and agency to supposedly make our lives easier, more comfortable and safe. But how safe are we? Where are the agencies and safety net for the victims of the criminals who are taking over our computers? If the average citizen is not safe with all of the advances in technology, how secure is our government?
The internet needs to become a safer more user friendly place. Agencies need to take the abuses perpetrated against individuals seriously. The people and companies that make and sell software need to show more responsibility for the products that they sell. We all need to make it our business to be better informed about using any technology that is available for our use. I have been seeking answers and have found little to none.
Basically I suggest that everyone reading this article download http://www.trojanhunter.com http://www.keriofirewall.com and/or any other programs available to see what is in your computer. Denial of service, being booted from a site or anything strange that you may have chalked up to just a little glitch may not be just a little glitch. You may discover that you have more than you bargained for on your computer.
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|Reviewed by Fr. Kurt Messick
|I hope all is well now|
|Reviewed by Ian Thorpe
Sent you some stuff, I'm surprised you do not have it yet. However I am still convinced that the only way we can make any inroads is for you to switch back from Broadband to a modem connection. People do not understand the vulnerability of broadband. Every time you switch on your PC it announces you to the abusers.
Candy asks "why" once again. I have told her many times the answer is "because they can."
I'll call you both soon.
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|Thanks for sharing Zenith!!
|Reviewed by Candida Eittreim
|As Zenith's article attests, my life and those around me,
continue to be a living hell. I have met some very caring and
concerned law enforcement personnel, including a very special agent
in charge of Homeland Security in the Pacific Rim.
The problem is not one of disbelief, nor lack of concern, but
rather the way a receiving agent may perceive the nature of the
crime. I have had several long discussions with Federal enforcement,
and it boiled down to getting enough people to see that the internet
crimes of this type alter lives horribly.
Plus, since at least 3 of this group are known to me, and
obviously planned this long before meeting me, it makes things even
murkier, as I constantly get the question, but.. why you? I don't
think it's just about me, and that is the crux of getting law
enforcement to heed this. I'm certain there are other victims out
there, some maybe suicidal, from the pressure.
The hardest thing for me to bear is the fact that anyone
associated with me, Zee included, is getting attacked by these
good job zee
|Reviewed by George Carroll
|Great advice Z|