Thursday, October 6, 2016

Someone Is Actively Trying to Shut Down This Site

There are only two reasons why this blog would disappear. 1. If Maura is discovered to be alive and well. 2. If the person/persons trying to shut it down finally succeed.

I've been debating about whether or not to share this publicly because I don't want to give attention to this kind of thing. But recently the attacks on this site and anything connected to True Crime Addict have increased dramatically.

It started with notifications from Blogger that someone was trying to reset my password through a similar email. Shortly after that, and just before the release of my book, there were two DDos attacks on my personal website, jamesrenner.com They succeeded in shutting down the site for a couple days. I have since hired a private security firm that monitors the site and handles additional attacks quickly.

Then came the "official" looking emails that contained links to Google docs related to information in Maura Murray's disappearance but when clicked would download keywood-logging software. Luckily these were flagged by Google before I clicked into it.

Then came the most disturbing attack. Someone created an email to make it appear that my publisher was contacting me and asking me to review a document. They used her name, my name, and everything looked official. I should have been suspicious as normally the publisher doesn't contact me directly - I work with her assistant, mostly. So I clicked on it. It asked for my password and without thinking, entered it. What followed was a difficult day of resetting every single password I had and scrubbing the sites.

Following this, someone successfully posted porn on the site. Security took that down, too.

Beyond the attacks, there has been a very organized disinformation campaign on Reddit that focuses mostly on two narratives: 1. That Maura simply wandered off into the woods to die and there's no mystery. 2. Bill Rausch's actions after the disappearance don't amount to anything.

When I've been able to track the emails, it tends to lead back to rerouting services in the Netherlands.

The question is, where are these attacks coming from?

Do I think they're coming from the Murrays (Julie Murray worked for Booz Allen, the same CIA contractor that Snowden worked for). No, I don't. I don't think Julie would waste her time on something like this.

Do I think it's coming from Bill Rausch, who has a history working for the elite propaganda and misinformation office of the U.S. military? No. I don't see him doing anything so brazen.

Someone who knew them? A coworker? Alden Olson? Some troll with nothing better to do?

In the end, I doubt it really matters. I doubt it would change anything to know their identity.

For what it's worth, the Cold Case Unit has some of the original emails. That's about all I can do.

36 comments:

  1. I'd bet it is someone completely unrelated to the case over at reddit. A troll with time on their hands. Not quite sure why they have such a vitriol for anything Renner on Reddit, but it is real and palpable. I've sorry for the abuse you endure there.

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    1. I second this theory. I know a caregiver for a family member who does these sorts of things out of boredom.

      I don't click on anything over there related to Renner or Maura. There's something odd about the postings. it wouldn't surprise me if most of the postings were the same bored individual.

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    2. Reddit certainly isn't where sane people hang out for longer than it takes to ask a question.

      It's perfect for trollers.

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  2. 'clearly you are a thorn in someone's paw ~ someone w/ big teeth, long arms, & apparently w/ unlimited resources... the warmer you get JR - the more dogs they let out.

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  3. netherlands deal is likely someone who decided not to pay for a proxy service and is using hide.me/en/proxy which automatically defaults to a system in the netherlands unless you select U.S. or Germany. it's the first google result when you type in 'free proxy'. just something i noticed when looking into the situation.

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  4. Wasn't pomkik associated with the Netherlands somehow?

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  5. I came across this case because of the podcast and starting checking out this site due to the podcast and the longer time passes and the more I see people messing with you and the podcast boys makes me think there definitely is something someone is trying to hide about this case, whether it is Maura or the person responsible for her disappearance. Feel like this just means you guys are doing something right. P.s. sorry for the run on sentence. :)

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    1. I would second this. Actually stalking people who venture to NH to politely snoop around is suspicious.

      Maura had no one who is legitimately dangerous to hide from. If she's entitled, she'd run for law enforcement, just like she quit WP before expulsion could occur.

      No, someone totally "took" her.

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  6. it just seems like such an odd choice of long-con for hackers/trolls.
    either JR is onto something and getting too close, or maura or someone who is protecting her is trying to throw off the scent.

    but considering how things are going in the world today, i guess it could be a group of IT's doing it for lulz.

    like everything else in this situation, will we ever know and prove the truth?

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  7. Hey Joey c here. Haven't posted in a while. I used to post under ceerjurrio. Any way, it's another pomkik or beagle. Just non sence. It could be MM as I still feel she's alive and happy with child and spouce. None the less it's most likely a lonely hacker. Bummer folks gotta do this. May I add I visited the crash site recently and I got the attention of TW as he stared out his kitchen window at us. Old peters road yea creepy folks staring me down too. Hmmmm?!

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    1. Being at the WBC in Haverhill and having the Westman's glaring at you is eerie enough in itself. Makes Ya wonder for sure.

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    2. There's definitely something residents aren't talking about.

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  8. Wow, maybe finding out who it is could break open the case. Scary to think a troll is so determined to cause such turmoil, which leaves me thinking that you are definitely getting warm and under someone's skin. I just don't know why caring about how, where, and why someone went missing is such a terrible thing. I guarantee you that there are many other people out there with missing friends or loved ones that would feel fortunate to have any attention paid to their cases. And no, I'm not saying it's the family doing this.

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    1. A very nice, well-respected father went missing off a pretty easy trail near Alyeska Alaska. His daughter had left the state the day before to return home and he stayed to continue hiking etc. He had just finished a slightly harder trail earlier that day, and almost immediately decided to embark on one last hike before departing the next day, despite how it would soon be dark. He was seen asking for directions to the trailhead and took a selfie on trail.

      Since the selfie was taken, when it was still daylight, albeit getting late, he has not been seen.

      Alaskans were kind of upset so much state resources were being spent on this one disappearance when others have gone missing under mysterious circumstances and search parties did not extend past a week.

      Im not sure if drones were used but avid outdoorsmen kayaked the river that flows beneath a little tram that crosses it. No sign of a body or ay belongings. People have hiked all through the heavy forrest area (there have been some others go missing in the area). NOTHING.

      People have speculated he slipped and fell into the water, and was briskly swept out to cook inlet.

      This was in August.

      But as you say, many many people's families have no idea where their missing loved ones are.

      I have no idea why some catch large amounts of attention and some do not.

      This nice man could turn up as a drowned body in 2 years. It's happened.

      All sad.

      Never venture out alone.
      Always have communication in areas with signal.

      ALWAYS know that nature wins.

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  9. No clues or ideas, but I wanted to say that I'm very sorry you've experienced the bullshit you have over the years. I ended up here because of reddit, and the hate even *I* have had come my way for asking 'What the fuck is up with all the Renner hate here?' was very shocking to me. People go NUTS over this case - in the worst possible way - and I just can't understand it. The number of bloggers, self appointed investigators and podcasters that have piggy-backed off your original research is probably not quantifiable, and still so many dismiss and deride your work. I check this site often, bought your book, and appreciate all the time you've dedicated to this mystery. I'm sure your wife and child and health and bank book suffered as a result, and I don't want you to think it's gone unnoticed. Good luck.

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    1. Love your sentiments and couldn't agree more!

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    2. I agree, emw. It's probably some jealous nut with nothing better to do! Probably getting too close to the truth and someone's sweating.

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  10. You know what they sang in the eighties:

    Trolls just wanna have fun!

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  11. This, mixed with the podcast guys creepy occurrences make me truly believe she fell into seriously dangerous hands. Thats honestly the only reason a person would vanish without a trace. if she were simply running away, why the booze? She'd want a clear head. Nah, this was an excursion that should've ended with her transferring schools, but really ended in dangerous people finding her first.

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    1. It's most likely people just being stupid

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  12. Most likely the same locals who put out misinformation and try to hack into and shut down other blogs on MM. These individuals are all over Reddit. I truly believe they are getting scared that the truth is coming out soon. That they know what happened to Maura or they harmed her themselves. James- whoever was behind Joseph Cpaw is most likely the one missing with u now

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    1. Couldn't agree with you more. Usually people that engage themselves in the case, befriend the family and return to the crime scene have some involvement. Now I wonder who that could be?

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  13. Huh, that's strange. Don't see why someone would want to take down a site about Maura Murray, even if they thought the site was nothing but a bunch of bs. If they did think that, every one has there own opinions and it's not like you are trying to make a profit of a the Maura case (besides your book). You offer free info. about an intrest you enjoy researching and writing about and those who want to buy the book can if they chose. Another thing I would like to mention is a possible sighting of Maura that I personally seen in Gorham, NH. A woman who looks very much like her goes in a grocery store I work in quite frequently. She is very attractive (in my opinion), but has darker hair with gray streaks (that looked dyed) for such a young age.

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    1. I'd like to hear more about this. Shoot me an email.

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  14. What a nuisance! I totally agree with the comment emw made! I really enjoy listening to your guest appearances on different podcasts (just listened to True Crime Garage and true murder) what you say is always well thought out, easy to follow and very interesting! I check the blog almost daily for updates and have listened to your audiobook multiple times, really appreciate your hard work! Despite much of the negativity, there are also ppl out here that do support you!

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  15. Perhaps the hacker is someone who knows about why Maura dropped out of West Point; someone who has a lot to lose if it was determined that Maura's disappearance is connected to the sexual assaults that occurred at West Point when she was a student there. After all it was only recently that we learned about the sexual assaults. Remember West Point has a lot of pride as it is the oldest still in existence military post in America so if a scandal was to leak then it would damage the school's reputation, doubly so if it was linked to a former student's death and or diss appearance. Like I said when info about West Point was revealed the mystery originates in West Point; Maura knew something, something that terrified her to the extent that she felt it was necessary to leave. We need to interview West Point staff who worked there at the time..........

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    1. All of us. We need to look at every detail, use our little gray cells as Hercule Poirot puts it. If Maura's disappearance and the sexual assaults are connected as I now believe, someone is trying to prevent the investigation. Why else would they try to take the blog down; this person is panicking because as more and more of the truth is revealed the flimsier the lies become. Like I said West Point has a lot of pride and it was only a few years ago that don't ask, don't tell, was retired coupled with the freedom of information act. If my theory is correct; that a person Maura knew and/or was close to was the victim of sexual assault and they vanished, then Maura must have suffered from anxiety and bystanders guilt. Most likely Maura left the college in order to figure out what she was going to do after the phone call she received. Perhaps she had begun to suspect she knew who the perpetrator was....

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  16. Netherlands, you say??????

    Well, check this posting out. 1 month ago, on YouTube. Last episode of the MM podcast. Someone, named David Aames, claims Maura is living in Finland.

    http://m.imgur.com/WGxygx5

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    1. ...I saw that too. 'said he has proof. Ifff M's in Finland ~ thats probably not by choice :X

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    2. If any of his info is at all credible and made public, could check it out since Im in Finland..

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    3. David Aames is a fictional character played by Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky. Just saying..!

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  17. I asked a family member who is in the industry...He thinks that this is not your average internet security breach. These are highly targeted attacks requiring extraordinary planning, research, and background knowledge of you and your sites.

    Due to the effort involved is unlikely to be a troll. He thinks it's pretty clear that someone is motivated to stop your efforts to draw attention to Maura's case.

    I was also told that there are services in northern Europe that can be hired by private individuals to run anonymous attacks such as phishing, DDos, and the like.

    I hate to tell you this, but he recommends that the computer that your password was phished from should be wiped (everything reinstalled) because you can never be certain it’s free from keylogging software.

    I’m sorry that you have been having to deal with this. Looks like you are hitting a nerve with someone???

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  18. JR, keep moving forward. It, "they", won't win.

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