October 22, 2012

So I contacted the hacker…

So I contacted CWSektor, the fellow who has been hacking the site and asked him why he was doing it and would he please stop. His response, roughly translated from Turkish by my friends in Istanbul:

Because you asked nicely I am discontinuing attacks on your system but you have to not say insulting words against me or I will continue. Only because you emailed me like a decent guy I am making this offer: if you write my name on your site I will close the gap in your site.

The general back and forth, despite the language barrier, was actually quite genial. Hopefully, we’ll be able to take him at his word.


  1. Sheila Ryan on October 22nd, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Good on you, Andrew.

  2. anan on October 22nd, 2012 at 1:55 pm


  3. Doc on October 22nd, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    détente, n’est-ce pas

  4. SC on October 22nd, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Thank you, Andrew.

    Maybe change the name to CWlusterflock?

  5. Joel Bernstein on October 22nd, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Fostercluck! Fostercluck!

  6. Sheila Ryan on October 23rd, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    There’s Luster in The Sound and the Fury.

  7. Kathy Hilen-Smith on October 24th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Should we chip in and get him Netflix? Seems like things are slow in Turkey and this guy needs some structured online entertainment.

  8. CWSektor on October 25th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    mr.Kathy Hilen-Smith

    What are you trying to say

  9. Kathy Hilen-Smith on October 25th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    CWSector, in response to your question to me and with sincere respect for your views, in the context of the World Wide Web and the millions of souls who participate therein, I simply do not understand why this website has become a target for disruption (hacking).

    This website is many things: a social gathering place, a place to derive inspiration, a place to share insight, a place to allow humor to balance pain, a place to vent frustration with personal events as well as world events, a place for the participants to share successes and failures, a place for growth, a place for people who have never even met in person to reach out and share their fundamental human journeys. No matter what part of the world you are from, doesn’t that embody the best of the human experience?

    Rather than “hack” the site and destroy it, why not join us grow it? Your views, experiences, and opinions would be a welcome fit to this site, but not if your only goal is to end it.

  10. rick neece on October 25th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Mr. Kathy! Beautiful! CWS, What say you?

  11. Sheila Ryan on October 25th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Kathy, as I just mentioned to Michael, I have been near despair lately for all manner of reasons. Thanks for reminding us of why we are here.

  12. Steve Jumphreys on October 25th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Hey, CWSector….please join us, we’ve got a lot to learn from all over the world. Roughly translated:

    Hey, CWSektör …. lütfen bize katılın, tüm dünyadan öğreneceği çok şey var.

  13. CWSektor on October 26th, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Please contact me : CWSektor@mit.tc

    Türkçe Bilen birisi mail atsın.


    Turkish throw someone who knows the e-mail

  14. VALERIE on December 1st, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    It only takes a spark- to get a fire going !

    Humm, did I really want to say that???

  15. rick neece on December 1st, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    VALERIE! That’s from Pass It On. I was fourteen-ish when I sang it, played it for the choir at our little General Baptist Church in Rockford, IL.

    I ain’t sayin’ it’s magic.