March 04, 2003

Little Steven's Little Ego

Well, well well. It looks like some people don't like being brushed off. A person calling himself "Steven Brewis" left a comment in this post that managed to be both nasty and weird. His friend "Shaun" also left a message, but I deleted it, since it was even nastier, but not as weird -- merely par for the course. I noticed they came from the same IP, which I banned.

Well, little Stevie didn't appreciate being banned. He sent me an email. It had an attachment, which of course I did not open (I am not stupid). I deleted the email. Then I looked up the IP on whois. This is what I found:

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OrgName: Dimension Data
Address: Guardian National
Address: 10th Floor West wing
Address: Libridge building
Address: Ameshof Street
Address: Braamfontein
Address: Johannesburg
Country: ZA

NetRange: -
NetName: NEDNET2
NetHandle: NET-168-209-0-0-1
Parent: NET-168-0-0-0-0
NetType: Direct Allocation
NameServer: NS0.PIPEX.NET
RegDate: 1994-07-13
Updated: 2000-06-12

TechHandle: DA25-ORG-ARIN
TechName: DNS Administration
TechPhone: +27 11 447-5566

And this is the email I sent to this company (I am not calling overseas):

To whom it may concern:

I run a public-accessible weblog on which readers can leave comments. Recently I received some nasty and disturbing comments that may possibly have come from two of your employees. The weblogging software I use enables me to ban IPs -- I noticed that the last two comments from two separate people came from the same IP. I deleted one of the comments, and left the other one. Here is the content of the one I left up (it can be accessed here --

Ghandi once said: I will die for the cause I believe in but I will not kill for my cause.
The way you judge, will determine how you will be jusdged. The Bible said forgive and forget, Bush the idiot that he is says: "We will not forgive and we will not forget."
I believe that settles that.
Respect your mind, boycott CNN

The writer of the comment was one Steven Brewis, at this email address: The comment of his friend, whom I considered to be merely this Mr. Brewis using a fake name, I deleted.

Mr. Brewis sent me an email. He helpfully informed me that he and Shaun were two separate people who use the same computer "at work," and then enjoined me to enjoy my "sad life," and also said something about how God will judge people like me. I can't copy the remarks to you because I deleted the email immediately. I deleted it because he sent it with an attachment. I do not open attachments, especially from hostile emailers. Especially possibly disturbed ones who invoke the Bible in vaguely threatening comments and send me emails threatening me with God and with attachments of an unknown nature.

I looked up the IP the comments came from and found your address. The South African location matches the South African email address of Mr. Brewis. I do not know this person. If he and his friend "Shaun" work for you, I suggest you monitor their internet usage more closely.

I expect a reply to this email.

Thank you.

Andrea Harris

Posted by Andrea Harris at March 4, 2003 11:31 PM

Wow. You hit hard.

Posted by: Dean Esmay at March 5, 2003 at 01:47 AM

A walking, blogging smart-bomb -- that's our Andrea.

Posted by: Kevin McGehee at March 5, 2003 at 05:03 AM

Just out of curiosity, Andrea, has any response been forthcoming?

Posted by: Paul Jané at March 5, 2003 at 11:00 AM

Yeah -- more on that later. It's still developing.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at March 5, 2003 at 11:26 AM

Uh. Steven's comment sounds like typical peacenik drivel. Why report him?

Posted by: Gleeful Extremist at March 5, 2003 at 11:29 AM

Random, and not exactly content-related, but it's possible the place where he works uses a firewall, which would result in all outgoing traffic showing the same IP.

Posted by: amy at March 5, 2003 at 11:49 AM

Amy -- I'd believe the firewall possibility, but the guy specifically said they were both using the same machine.

Good job, Andrea.

Posted by: Robert Crawford at March 5, 2003 at 12:36 PM

Oh, come on, Andrea...don't leave us hanging.

Do tell.

Posted by: Demosthenes at March 6, 2003 at 11:05 AM

Yes, please. Do tell.

Posted by: Dodd at March 6, 2003 at 04:43 PM