It is funny how things work out. About the time I am preparing invoices for infringers this happens. Kind of strange. For the last year or so I have been getting these reports from Google concerning some Gmail accounts that I have. They say someone has tried to access my accounts.It started last April when they successfully got into my accounts for about a month. During the last year they have tried close to 20 times or more without success.
This week I received two more notices, as always a slight annoyance but nothing more than that. They have all originated in the SW United States. Basically New Mexico’s western border and south of the northern border of Arizona and west, I have basically ignored them as children playing. However this week things changed.
I have several web domains through a company located in Scottsdale, AZ. Keep that location in mind. I received the two items from Google this week and yesterday I received an email from my provider located in Scottsdale that two of the Studio 1 domains were getting ready to expire. I had already renewed them, ships passing in the night type of thing. Then I noticed something really strange. They came to my email address as it is the default but instead of using my name, they used the name of one of the infringers, not once but twice and in the text of the message. I have owned the domains since 2009 this puzzled me so I called them. They could find nothing and said they had never seen anything like it The person’s name is supposedly nowhere in their system. Then the email below that was done the day before shows up.
I get a notice of an email being rejected on an email account that has been inactive since early this year. It is associated with the Studio 1 domain names that are on the notice to the infringer. It seems someone tried to use that email account to send an email to a Google account. Portions of this will also be posted on Studio 1 Magazine.com.
It seems that someone knows me, the infringer and they know about Studio 1 and its hosting service and email providers. Now getting the hosting service name is something about any third grader could do. Now the questions, the email notifications from Google have changed from my original email to one that is known by very few people but the person whose name is on the notice knows about it.
I am not making any assumptions right now but it seems strange that all this started in April of last year, continues today even with a different email address and they put the person named together with me, Studio 1 and an unpublished email address and they all come from the SW United States.
I am not going any further here. The whole story starting last April will be detailed on Studio 1 Magazine.com where I will be posting the Google notice. I will be posting the notices with no redaction on them. It will have pictures and information. Things are being looked into because the hosting service is very concerned how this email came from them. It has been confirmed it came from them. How did a person’s name get in the text when they are nowhere in their system? How did that name get associated with domains purchased in 2009? Why is there attacks on the Gmail account that is not even known to the hosting company? What about trying to use a Studio 1 email that is inactive? When IP ranges were blocked in a certain area this did not happen, when released it started up with a bang. The area that had IP addresses blocked went from Anthem, to Phoenix, to Scottsdale to Mesa and Sun City West. Then there is good ole Tucson but it appears to be out of the area of the IP addresses that may be responsible. It seems to be just the area of some website hits and probably not involved but has to be looked at anyway.
As of this morning, there is still no clue how the person listed as having to renew those two domains is involved or if she is involved. I have no clue how someone could accomplish that without being on the inside of the hosting service and have access unless they hacked the hosting service. It has them very concerned because it could be a hacker, it could be an employee who is friends with the infringer, lives with the infringer, being paid or it could be the infringer works there now. It could be someone that is doing it without the infringer even knowing about it. Many options are being explored right now.
I will get things up on Studio 1 Magazine as soon as the final investigation is done. I was told it would take 5 minutes but after 36 minutes they opened a security ticket on it. That will also be posted on the magazine site. So far over twenty-four hours and they still have no clue. They know a couple of things. One, it came from them, two, my IP address had not been on in quiet sometime. Three, they are very close to the general location of someone that has a reason to try to take the Studio 1 domains. They have a history of gaining personal information from my computer and email system so they are capable or at least willing to do so as they have done it before. Then again, they may know nothing, but someone in that area that knows them does. If she did not want to take the domains then there was no reason for her name to be on the renewal. IF she knows nothing, someone else who does know her put her name on it. Makes no sense and putting it in the text, that is really something and not very smart. There are very few who could do that outside the company and then who would have access to their donotreply email system to send the notice? A lot of questions and the answers seem to be located in the SW but we will hold final judgement until all the facts we can get are in.
It needs to be mentioned that it would be an assumption to say they did this but their name is on the renewal notice. It seems to have been put there by someone at the provider. How could they put the four of us together (the two domains, me and the infringer) since we never have been associated at the hosting service? Is appears they had information given to them by someone.
It is also strange that it is a targeted attack using only Studio 1 domains and addresses. I currently have 17 domains and only 5 are associated with Studio 1. I have 19 email accounts with these domains that are active plus my own personal email accounts. They do keep me busy but it shows how targeted this really is. It is almost like they have no clue about any of it except the Studio 1. I got another notice yesterday about another domain not related to Studio 1 expiring and nothing out of the ordinary about that one. Same hosting service is involved. The person mentioned on the 2 Studio 1 accounts also knows about this one as it was included in an email to her almost a year ago. That adds a new item to the mix. Why not bother this one as it is the root domain? Maybe the person doing this does not know about the others? We will find out soon I hope.
The full article is on Studio 1 Magazine and the follow-up will be there also once all the information is in and checked.
Still no answers just more questions. The original IP Denials are back in place as of this morning for all Studio 1 accounts and more concerning the states of Arizona and southern California. We do apologize for any problems this may cause anyone. It took less than a week after restoring all the IP ranges in the west to have this come up again. The east coast in Florida and a little bit in Virgina are fully functional except in a few areas. There are no new restrictions for that area at this time.
Disclaimer: This article and the articles based on this are part of my experiences and are my opinions and comments only. They should be considered that until such time hard facts change the opinion or comments of the author. Articles copyrighted by the author and or Studio 1 Magazine are used with permission. When the complete story is known, it will be posted on the Magazine site no matter how it turns out.