Are supporters of Mike’s libel accusers invading his privacy to threaten him?

Here’s a strange thing. I’ve started receiving emails from someone claiming to have infected my computer with a virus.

That’s all I know as I found them in my junk mailbox and didn’t open them. I deleted them instead.

Presumably there’s a threat to do some kind of harm to my system, or to publish secrets that I don’t want people to know, if I don’t cough up some cash. There’s always a threat of some kind involved in these things.

As I say, I deleted the messages so I don’t know what it was. It’s my policy, for reasons that should be obvious.

But then I thought: “Why now?”

We know that supporters of the two TV personalities who are alleging libel against me are skilled in tracking down people they want to target.

Those people, their relatives and friends, employers, and the heads of academic institutions where some are studying have been contacted with malicious messages. That fact is one aspect of my case.

I heard tonight that one person lost their job because of the lies these people peddle.

That revelation made me question whether the emails I had received might have been sent by supporters of my opponents, with the intention – at the very least – of knocking me off-balance; re-directing my concentration away from the case.

I wonder if those responsible will take this any further.

I wonder, also, if right-thinking people are prepared to accept that supporters of my opponents are invading the privacy of strangers in order to harm them.

Are you?

If not, I’ve got a remedy: Support my crowdfunding appeal so I can defend myself against the false claims levelled against me.

I cannot win this case on my own and the amount raised so far – while impressive – isn’t enough to see a court case through to its conclusion.

Think of it this way: If you say something these people don’t like, you could be next on their list.

And that is not a welcome thought!

If you have already contributed, please don’t feel pressured into doing so again unless you genuinely have the spare cash to justify it. If you haven’t – and you can – please do.

And please share information about the appeal, along with this message.

You can do this several ways:

  1. Email five friends who may be sympathetic, and encourage them to donate.
  2. Share the campaign on Facebook:
  3. Tweet the campaign link to your followers.

Too few people know about this! We need to make the world aware of what’s happening here.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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5 thoughts on “Are supporters of Mike’s libel accusers invading his privacy to threaten him?

  1. Justin

    don’t delete them, it contains the information that can be sued to trace where the mail comes from, just don’t read them or touch the attachments, I had this happen to me via a freinds email account that was hijacked and they sent out program that wiped the hard drive, I realised what was going on and stopped it, others were not so lucky, the information I had led to the police questioning the guy as they could pinpoint the computer this came from, the unfortunate thing was this guy new what he was doing and wiped his machine properly to stop data recovery specialist proving it was him, it is worth just mentioning it to the police so they can have logged information, they may even take action under the computer misuse act?

  2. G Millward

    Nothing would surprise me Mike, but I think as another Justin has commented, report it to the police and ask for it to be treated as a malicious communication.
    The police have tools at their disposal that can trace the ISP and force them to supply the name, address and contact telephone number of the malicious communicator.

  3. Nicola Williams

    Mike, I would not worry overly. I get about 5 of these phishing emails every week and it has nothing to do with you at all, more to do with the fact that some website you were a member of had been hacked at some point and a list of emails and the passwords you used to log in were downloaded and become available on hacking sites. Then some person from a far off land decided to try to monetise the list by mailing to all the emails on the list with some hollow threat.

    So long as you do not click on any of the links or reply, you are safe. Frankly, PC Plod will be highly unlikely to investigate this email – heck they won’t even investigate bike and car thefts in many parts of the UK due to Tory austerity.

    I personally would add the email and subject to your junk settings and then delete it and do not think more about it.

    The unnerving thing is that the email is seemingly sent from your own email address, but a very clued up IT friend told me a couple of weeks ago that big spam mailers do this to unnerve you. The email system never checks the validity of the Sender Email details unlike so they can put [email protected] or whatever in the sender box without any problem.

    The scammer’s assumption is that some people will guiltily take what is said – often allegations of porn/webcam use – seriously and click on the links or even pay up wherein they then fall into the honeypot. The scammers only need 0.01% of emails sent to make it worth their effort.

    On a separate note, however, it is a good time to review all your passwords and change them if you are using Google Chrome to let Chrome generate a random 15 character password for each website you use. In Chrome, it then can save that password in your secure google account but for belt and braces you can of course copy it to a Notepad file and then occasionally print it off and delete the notepad file afterwards.

    The print off can then be put in your safe in case you forget the long complex password. Some sites also use 2 part verification to ensure that even if a hacker got your first password, the second layer using your phone would prevent them from accessing your PC/information.

    It is very good practice to have different passwords for each site, but I tend to bundle less important to me sites under a common unintelligible password like e.g. HgL8Ui6mMK&QpY7 – of course that is not one of my passwords but it would be highly improbable any hacker could guess that of course!

    Keep up the good work – I thoroughly enjoy your posts and your political perspectives.

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