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June 22nd, 2000

Web paranoia!

Note: due to a bonehead move on my part, the original Ping is temporarily unavailable. Here is a slightly revised version of that article… -pm

Local radio personality Steve Dahl is exhibiting what might be the best case of Web Paranoia yet. Dahl is a former member of radio legends Steve and Garry. Garry is over on another network doing his own thing, and doing it well. Steve? He’s still talking about how he hates Garry.

But, Steve has a fan base. And like many public figures, he’s got a long list of people who don’t care for him as well. I’m one of them. Thanks to the net, those people can set up sites that bash Dahl, or talk about him on the sites of other folks – like Jonathon Brandmeier, whose show comes on before Dahl’s (and is often cut early by Dahl as well).

It seems that Dahl isn’t content to let this happen. He has bragged on his show about his new tactic: getting the accounts of people who don’t like him, shut down. His kid has programs to take care of things, allegedly. He’s been talking about it on the air – this, after being busted on illegal wiretapping laws.

Dahl will find out who is badmouthing him, and get that person’s IP address (usually posted on web boards). He then does a lookup, calls the ISP, claims he’s been spammed by that person, and there you go. At least five accounts have been pulled thanks to Dahl, but they’ve also been reinstated once briefed on the situation.

Scary, scary stuff. -pm

Posted in Technology

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday June 22, 2000 -- 8:19:34AM
I don't think there's any doubt that what he's doing is BS -- if someone were making death threats to him or his family, that would be one thing, but if they're just criticizing him, it's a pretty basic freedom of speech issue. It's odd that these ISPs have given in to him and actually killed off some accounts.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday June 22, 2000 -- 10:11:33AM
More of the story:

Dahl has his kid, who apparently is a script kiddie wannabe, grab IPs of the 'offending' folks. He then reports that they're getting tons of spam and have traced it back to that IP. The ISPs have shut down at least five accounts via this method, but, have restored them once enlightened.



FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday June 22, 2000 -- 6:10:23PM
Sounds kinda urban legend-y to me. But if it is true, I think that turnabout could be the only proper remedy.



FROM: Matt
DATE: Friday June 23, 2000 -- 2:50:16AM
well now he deserves death threats



FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday May 10, 2001 -- 8:04:29AM
Watch out, Matt. Steve Dahl's wife recently shut down a popular Chicago radio message board due to remarks made there.



FROM: Ron Low
DATE: Monday May 21, 2001 -- 1:10:14PM
Hey Paul,
The only person who can shut down a board is the board's operator. If someone chose to "freely speak" to that operator to influence the decision, it gives me patriotic chills. God bless America.



FROM: Joe Destruction [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday April 27, 2004 -- 6:03:58 pm
You're full of shit; these are out of context statements with very little truth in them. Just thought I'd say so, buhbyenow... DISCO SUCKS , STEVE DAHL RULES



FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday April 27, 2004 -- 7:39:23 pm
Hey buddy, send it to 2001.



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