For a while, I’ve been toying with an column idea. Call it The Raised Eyebrow. Part Flat Earth News, part questioning conventional wisdom.

Last week, an editor agreed to a column. Depending on how it worked out, more might follow.

One idea came from a throwaway Prime Time line. “Sean Sherlock’s website was hacked”, apparently during Anonymous attacks in response to “Ireland’s SOPA“.

Anonymous targeted justice and finance, but I was unaware Sherlock’s website was hit, or when.

Then Magdagate happened, and I did that instead. The story ended up as a timeline, run in conjunction with Pat O’Mahony’s interview.

Meanwhile, I’d done some work on Sherlock’s website, to little avail.

His hosting company won’t comment on individual accounts.

The Department referred me to his constituency office.

Despite several messages, Sean never called back. Maybe he’s busy phoning Irish teenagers.

“I’ve given it to Sean, its up to him if he wants to call you,” a constituency worker said.

Sherlock’s website was attacked in one sense, of course.

Donncha O’Caoimh pointed out the site used copyrighted icons.

The site went down shortly after O’Caoimh blogged, and was amended version.

So, can anyone enlighten me on the Sherlock hack?

Sean Sherlock addresses the Dáil during the Copyright S.I. debate

Published by Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and tweeter, yet still finds himself underemployed. Go figure.

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