ANNOUNCEMENT/ALERT: While Conducting Research On Major FTC Case That Included Elements Of Alleged Web Harassment, PP Blog’s Browser Was Subjected To ‘Mass Injection’ Attack

The PP Blog was subjected to a "mass injection" attack from the website whose domain name is circled above, according to the Blog's security software. The Blog visited the website today as part of its research/reporting on the alleged Jeremy Johnson/IWorks Inc. fraud case brought by the FTC in December 2010. The case has been marked by strange developments.

ANNOUNCEMENT/ALERT: UPDATED 6:10 P.M. EDT (U.S.A.) The PP Blog is publishing this post in an abundance of caution. Based on a security alert the Blog received this afternoon, it may be best to steer clear of the website circled in the graphic above and described below.

On Jan. 4, 2012, the Blog reported that the Federal Trade Commission had filed an emergency motion in Nevada federal court in December 2011 alleging that longtime FTC staff attorney Collot Guerard had been targeted in a web harassment campaign that stemmed from the Jeremy Johnson/IWorks civil fraud prosecution.

As part of the harassment campaign, the FTC said, a website that formed its name with Guerard’s name was registered.

The domain went offline for a while, and then returned.

When the PP Blog went to the URL of the domain at approximately 3:22 p.m. EDT today, its security software blocked what was described as an “intrusion attempt” from a “mass injection” website.

The full meaning of this development is unclear. The PP Blog left a voicemail message at the FTC at approximately 3:24 p.m. EDT today. The agency has not responded to the Blog’s message.

For security reasons, the PP Blog has taken three columns offline that referenced the specific domain that included Guerard’s name. We hope this will be temporary.

 

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