For the moment, this is a start to test out whether my computer has again
been hacked. My previous computer has been hacked in May of this year, and I
got no help whatsoever - except from extra-ordinarilyy and grievously impolite
types - from my Dutch provider xs4all, that refused to supply any clear
answers or help, and effectively told me to fuck off.
Since they did so before - I have been using a telephone-modem for years
(being poor and ill), that required 3 or 4 times phoning in, and waiting for
minutes, just to be able to download mail - using the same recipe, viz.
"This is not happening to others, and therefore it is not happening to you.
BANG! Telephone on the hook, forcing me to restart in their waiting queues,
that sometimes took 40 minutes, in 2004 I decided to take another provider for
my site, and got One.com, that is in my case based in Denmark, for several
One.com worked very well for 5 years for me: They are polite, they answer
mails (xs4all.nl doesn't answer my mails: see above for their mode of
operation), their site is much better organized than that of xs4all, they are
cheaper and give more diskspace for less money, and overall they have been a
relief compared to the sick idiots of xs4all - and yes, I am a psychologist of
nearly 60, and I don't want to be addressed by the impolite young Dutch shits
that man the xs4all "helpdesk", for things like the above happened
and seem to be completely natural on the part of the staff of xs4all.nl.
However.... I have now for 4 or 5 months, with a new computer, problems
with One.com concerning my site statistics, that used to be quite good, and
were provided by a program called Modlogan, that is not made by One.com, but
is freeware, and has not been developed since 2007 or so, nor does it need to,
for it works quite well, if it works at all.
It stopped working for me 4 or 5 months ago - something which had
incidentally happened in previous years, and then always was straightened out
rapidly and politely by the staff of One.com.
It still doesn't work, and I have been mailing now for months about this
with One.com, always polite and friendly from both sides, but with no relief:
I get no statistics, or get statistics of 10 days ago, and that is that.
Now this is fairly ridiculous to have to take months, for effectively - and
yes, I CAN program - all One.com has to provide (and has provided for years
without problem for me) is a link that connects me after I have been
identified by my password to the Modlogan-program, they and I can know (i)
to have worked for years very well (ii) not to have been changed for years,
hence to be free from recent bugs.
But it doesn't work, it keeps not working, and I also noticed that, at
least since July of this year, I am uploading my site to One.com from my own
computer in Amsterdam, since July by ADSL and on a new computer, to their
servers in Denmark - and there is the rub: That run on GMT.
That is, until European daylight saving in October the computer I uploaded
to was 2 hours behind European i.e. Dutch, Danish and German time; since
daylight saving the site I upload to, that I get by way of the inlogging and
my password for One.com, runs 1 hour behind.
To finish this introduction: Yesterday I heard, coincidentally no doubt, a
clear, interesting and disquieting report by one Jeremy Wagstaff in a
program for business, that detailed what he claimed was the general response
of providers to reports of their customers (such as I am, for xs4all) who
believe they may have been hacked.
That general response - usually to persons who believe they are doing well
indeed, and are being helpful and decent, and who know more about computers
than average users - seems to be generally impolite, to consist of a denial,
and of a refusal to help.
And indeed, I detailed this here, because I may also wish to contact the
BBC about this, for I found my experiences with xs4all truly sickening, and
they were only possible because the people that work for xs4all are
functionally anonymous, and beyond control or litigation: If I knew where to
find several of the bastards of xs4all I have talked to over the years, indeed
I would prosecute them, if not in law than in person, for I do not want to be
lied to, demeaned and denigrated by an anonymous piece of ignorant lying shit,
such as I found at xs4all, including provider-staff who claim to me, that they
are proud that they do not know how to program, and therefore will
by questions about their utterly defunct and failing "services"
Finally, xs4all has told me a few things viz. (1) that they know
that the software they provide for viruschecking and security by McAfee is
bugged but (2) that they do not understand this bug and (3) they refuse
to provide other anti-viral or security-software and (4) they refuse to let me
speak to McAfee, for they have, it seems, a licence from them to provide
themselves - the "helpdesk" of xs4all - the "help" that McAfee would give if
it were otherwise arranged.
Also, it may be interesting to know that McAfee itself claims that
in and around Amsterdam 1 in 4 computers have been hacked, and that the cost
of being hacked on average run in thousands or tenthousands.
2. A first test
So... here is a test to start with.
This morning, I found in my mailbox the following last response of One.com
(they say, and it may well be, which is what my first test is about), clocked
in at 3.49 in the early morning local Dutch time, that is also Danish time,
that I now quote in full:
Statistics & Modlogan again : Support - cb
Added 20 november 2009 3:49
Now the test consists of this - and is at least as much in the interest of
One.com as it is in mine, and relates to the first paragraph of the above:
Regarding your concern, all our servers are located at Interxion in
Denmark. See www.interxion.com for further information. The default timezone
on our servers follows the Europe/Berlin timezone which has the same
timezone as Denmark.
I will now upload the above to my site as I do normally, and make a
screen-capture of my FTP-utility to clearly document my problem if I am
uploading to Denmark, that runs the same time as Holland:
As you see, the Remote Site has received and clocked this at GMT (and my
computer's clock is off by two minutes, which is correct).
So... there you see my problem.
I will now upload this (called BAP025) again to that site:
And I will now mail a reply to One.com or "One.com", URGENTLY asking them
to explain themselves COGENTLY AND FULLY and not in salestalk-terms - I have been
repeatedly told before that the statistics has been moved to "new servers" and
"this migration will also lead to a long-term improvement of stability and
a better user experience for our customers"
which I do NOT appreciate at this point AT ALL: I have first told them of
this problem FIVE MONTHS ago, and spend half a paperback of emails on the
problem, that any script-coding kiddie of 14 should be able to resolve in ten
In brief, gentlemen at One.Com, I want a CLEAR, FULL, ACCURATE, TESTABLE
reply - and I have meanwhile moved all my site elsewhere also, and will try to
contact the BBC if this problem is not resolved soon:
EITHER your servers are in Denmark as you say, and are running Danish time,
which is Dutch and European time OR something very odd is going on with those
Danish servers OR I am not uploading to Denmark, but elsewhere (and that
elsewhere may easily and within milliseconds also upload it to your servers,
keeping the hoax going on and going on).
I appreciate RAPID and FULL cooperation, also by someone knowledgeable
about programming, and I do not want anymore salestalk.
Thank you for your cooperation.
P.S. Apart from this P.S. the above was received on the server I upload to
at 11.26 today at that server's time, and sent 12.26 Dutch and Danish time.
(*) That cost me from 2002-2007 more than a hundred Euros
a month just to phone in by telephone-modem to get my mail, because it usually
took three or four times to make contact, and then the mails were relayed by 4
Kb per second (on a good day) and full of tons of spam they couldn't and
wouldn't sort out.