Right on time with the candidates hitting the campaign trail.
Bulldog readers no doubt noticed two commenters “andhecallshimselfajournalist” and “someone in the mayor’s office” spewing venom about yours truly in an effort to discredit this publication. Both had IP addresses in Montreal where the call for Ottawa local news is insatiable.
One had an email address of firstname.lastname@example.org which is impossible, particularly from Montreal. They were very easy to see through. Obviously one candidate is not paying enough for weasels.
But credit where credit is due. These misdeeds started immediately as the hustings opened so the expenses can be charged against the campaign. After the election we should go through candidates’ expenses and look for “Weasels, Montreal.” This was so easy to spot. It’s sure hard to get good weasels these days.
And it reflects poorly on the candidate.
As well, The Bulldog website was brute-force attacked to kick off the campaign. How this works is that a computer tries to break into the password box for the site thousands of times, overwhelming the site so it crashes.
In the early days of websites, publications such as the New York Times were knocked down by brute-force attacks. But the defence technology has improved so it’s almost impossible to brute-force a site with the proper precautions in place. In The Bulldog’s case, we’ve hired a linebacker from the Ottawa Redblacks.
All these dirty tricks reflect poorly on the candidate. They are incompetent, foolish and counterproductive. Somewhere Richard Nixon is smiling.
But if these instances go beyond incompetent, foolish and counterproductive and become dangerous, it will be time to call the police.
Still, so far, so good.