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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Politics VT has been hacked

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2006 at 2:28 PM

PoliticsVT is down. The virtual political watercooler is run by the anonymous scribes at "the Capitol Bureau," who post to their blog posing as dead Vermont governors. Their spokesperson, Edna Beard, emailed me and a few other VT bloggers this morning.

According to Beard, "Isaac Tichenor" had his laptop stolen yesterday while on vacation in Michigan. Most of the blog info was apparently stored on his computer. She writes,

Whoever stole the laptop gained access to the blog because when Isaac went to check on it to see if it had been touched, it had been reverted back to May postings. Previous posts had been removed, our contact information was almost completely gone, we lost our password and username access but luckily were able to use our secret question to get on.

Whoever stole this did incredible damage to over 2 years of hard work.

We have called the Blogger company and asked them to delete the blog. We deleted the blog as well from our own account, however, it does not seem to have made a difference... I may have us segway over into Wordpress to one of our backup blogs. I am not sure how this is going to pan out but a lot of damage has been done to the blog at this point because Isaac had a lot of contacts on his computer as well as a lot of pictures, story ideas and other information.

Please tell your readers what has happened as we cannot communicate anymore with them and tell them that PoliticsVT will return, bigger and better than ever.

Wonder if they're also worried about being exposed?

As a disclaimer, I should note that I have no way of confirming this account. I've communicated with Edna Beard before, but we've never met. All I know is, the blog's down, and this is how the Capitol Bureau explains it. I'm hoping they return soon.

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Cathy Resmer

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Deputy publisher Cathy Resmer is an organizer of the Vermont Tech Jam, and compiles a weekly tech e-newsletter. She also oversees Seven Days' parenting publication, Kids VT, and created the Good Citizen Challenge, a youth civics initiative. Resmer began her career at Seven Days as a freelance writer in 2001. Hired... more

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