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Bruce, Caroline

A Very Disturbing LJ Incident

This morning, I posted a protected entry to my LJ, an entry marked friends only. In it, I mentioned some personal issues I was going through. I felt secure about this ... only friends could see it, right?

This evening, checking my e-mail, I got a comment from someone using the username nicetitsmom. I have no such username on my friends list. This person made a very rude and uncalled-for comment to what was a very heartfelt LJ entry. The comment was rude, it was uncalled-for, but what disturbs me even more is that apparently my LJ has been hacked, and its integrity is now obviously compromised. I realize that nothing posted on the Net is 100% secure, but this should not be allowed to happen. The comment was promptly deleted, meaning the only trace of this is the e-mail which I received. The LJ abuse report team will not accept a comment e-mail as evidence, meaning I have no recourse with LiveJournal. I'm not sure what to do about this ... it's left me rather frazzled and concerned. I really don't know if I want to keep posting here, if this sort of thing can happen. What of private entries? Is this person getting his or her jollies from things I've posted to myself? This is, to say the least, disconcerting.


If you're absolutely, positively sure that it was a protected entry, and this other person was able to make a comment on it, abusive or not, then that's LJ's problem, and they should be held accountable for it. Abusive comments aside, I mean even if I was able to comment on that post I shouldn't have, because that was something you wanted to keep to yourself and I respect that privacy. So I'm placing the blame on LJ on this one. As for the abusive comments, I guess I've grown a pretty thick skin over the years, I mean people can say whatever they like about me. My true friends are the ones who matter to me the most. Of course it's your decision but my advice would be to keep posting if you want to. You can't let just one bad experience set the tone for everyone. It'd be cheeting them out of some interesting stuff. Keep doing it. Hell if I took the advice of everyone who told me I sucked, I wouldn't have gotten as far as I have now.
yeah but TH, this is an entry that this user wasn't supposed to see because, if I understand Bruce correctly, this jerk is not even on his friends list. This is the problem. If someone on his friends page felt like Bruce was wrong in whatever he said, a comment would have been made a lot more lovingly and certainly not rudely.
I think the real issue here is who hacked his LJ, and why the abuse team isn't doing anything.
Bruce, I hope you will continue to post here, but I understand your reticence and concern.
It's not the comment itself, that I could easily just shrug off. It's the fact that someone not on my friends list should not be allowed to read my entries, let alone reply to them - the protected entries, I mean. It's just very disconcerting to me.