Who grabbed the NadineDorriesMP username?

Posted by Tim Ireland at 8 February 2010

Category: Tories! Tories! Tories!

This entry was posted on
Monday, February 8th, 2010
at
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Unlike some of Nadine Dorries’ nearest and dearest blog-chums, I don’t go around attacking people from behind a shield of anonymity or a range of sock-puppets. In fact, I’ll usually seek to intervene if I see someone engaging in unfair/anonymous political gameplay, so as amused as I was by Nadine’s recent Twitter witlessness…

… I still took the time to politely ask the person who grabbed her old username to play the game fairly and squarely:

By morning, Nadine Dorries had published a false claim that I was behind the hijacking (details), claiming that I was anonymously taking control of this username and other variations of her name. She was also carrying on with some needless hysterics about my being some sort of “sick” cyber-transvestite. While I don’t expect Nadine Dorries to be entirely happy about what I have done quite openly with this single account, her claim that I have repeatedly (and secretly) hijacked her name in an effort to somehow restrict her access to Twitter is a damaging (and, I suspect, malicious) falsehood that I reject entirely.

So I was none-to-impressed when the person who had grabbed Nadine Dorries’ old username retweeted Nadine’s false claim without counter or comment, and I asked them to address the matter:

Sadly, it soon became clear that the anonymous web user was determined to remain anonymous in order to protect their reputation while not giving a damn about mine.

I took a more active interest and quickly established the IP address of the web user who had taken control of the username ‘nadinedorriesmp’ (86.178.153.142). I also discovered that, days earlier, the same IP address had been used to make this edit to the Wikipedia page for the Tory Reform Group:

What you’re looking at there is a classic no-no in Wikipedia; when someone asks for a citation to support any given claim about an organisation, a link to a repeat of the claim on the organisation’s website (in this case, word-for-word) doesn’t quite cut the mustard. Typically, this kind of muppetry involves someone who is at the very least closely associated to that organisation (by profession or friendship); it is not what one would expect from a passing stranger who has yet to develop a taste for the Kool-Aid.

Life is full of infinite uncertainties, but I thought it warranted a polite question. I asked Nadine’s anonymous tormentor what their connection was to the Tory Reform Group:

I didn’t get an answer. In fact, shortly after this question was sent, the nadinedorriesmp username was abandoned.

Meanwhile, Nadine Dorries continues to maintain a claim she cannot possibly prove, despite my emphatic denials, and has even ignored all offers to help her identify the real culprit.








3 Comments

  1. mou says

    I have to ask – how did you manage the find out the IP address of the account registrant without any direct email contact??

  2. Manic says

    I'll brief you privately. No sense in publicising the technique.

  3. mikkimoose says

    i'm not sure there is much synergy between Dorries and the TRG, FWIW.A different BT IP (presumably the same person) added the same link a few months back, which was then removed when TRG (I assume) changed their website, so whoever he is he would appear to have a good knowledge of their website.

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