This weekend I’m in Seattle, and today I learned something new. I had realized that the verbal abuse that is the primary component of “surround-sound” real estate mobbing, at least that ordered up by the nasty neighborhood watch of NE Seattle and its speculator friends, takes advantage of speakers at the cashier’s stand. But it didn’t occur to me that the volume of those speakers could be controlled by customers.
I meant to get a blog on securing access points in commercial buildings done tonight, but this weekend I’m once again in Seattle, trying to catch up on gardening, maintaining the house that some scumbag speculators are trying to harass me out of, caring for my cat, and trying to enjoy this home for which I’ve had to sacrifice so much.
Anyway, the next blog is about securing those pesky access points and speaker-enabled access points to keep hackers and mobbers off of them. No promises on efficacy; I’m no network security expert, but I’ve learned a bit these last years and from time to time have a few ideas.
Real estate mobbing, as it is practiced in my own northeastern neighborhood of Seattle where the tricks are dirty and real estate speculators run free, is stalking with the intent to drive legal residents from their homes and turn them over for speculation. When a crime is committed to turn over a property, and when the goal is to punish the victim into keeping his or her mouth shut, mobbers stalk everywhere they can, and using every device.
Mobbing may begin at home, but it is mobility harassment that follows the victim everywhere, online and off. The strategy behind mobbing appears to be to make the victim believe that she is continually being watched, until she is terrorized to the point where she flees. Because the big bad wolf chasing her is not visible to authorities, a mobbing victim who reports is easily dismissed as paranoid or mentally unstable.
Mobbing is a real estate scam. It’s the kind of wet dream that a racketeering ring of lot-seeking real estate speculators would come up with. It’s the kind of crime in which the nasty and the greedy violate their neighbors’ civil and human rights, indemnifying themselves against their crimes by using defamation of their victims. The scum who pursue mobbing, this crime I’ve called a hoax inside a con inside a scam, use a kitchen sink of methods old and new, combining the techniques of surveillance with those of cyber-thugs, wreaking havoc in the lives of their victims as they straddle the physical and virtual worlds.
A lot has been going on in the last few months and I haven’t had much of a chance to write. A contract that allowed me to work remotely from Seattle ended, and I’ve started a commitment working for a firm in San Francisco, much of the time onsite. As I have often done in the past, I’m staying in the San Francisco East Bay, as I mentioned in my last post How to catch an IMSI catcher, near the Albany-Berkeley border. The mobbing harassment continues to move with me, adapting and changing with the environment, but there are some notable differences.
I have a theory. If scumbag speculators indeed use drones with IMSI catchers, or IMSI catchers at all, to intercept victim phone calls, and perhaps even to cross those phone calls with “calls” of verbal abuse, how can we catch them?
What better way to catch an IMSI catcher than with anther IMSI catcher? Maybe there’s a use for police stingrays after all. An IMSI catcher, being a man-in-the-middle attack, intercepts calls by having greater proximity to the victim cellular phone than does the satellite (Ask Hackaday: Stopping the Stingray, http://hackaday.com/2014/12/23/ask-hackaday-stopping-the-stingray/). It intercepts the call but must handle it by connecting it to service. Maybe a bigger fish like a stingray can intercept an IMSI catcher. Perhaps a stingray with the right technology can intercept a satellite phone that makes it easy for criminals like real estate mobbers to hide their identity while they phreak your smart phone.
Both in northeast Seattle over the waters of Lake Washington, and near the Albany-Berkeley border in the East Bay where I have been staying as I work a new contract in San Francisco, I see lit objects hovering in the night sky, objects that appear to be a few drones scattered around. IMSI catchers are an invaluable tool for rogue drones whose purpose is surveillance, hacking, and harassment, using methods that are not well known or even recognized by their victims or by local police.
In the Bay Area there is greater concern about privacy invasions. Perhaps if suspicion on the part of East Bay denizens doesn’t lead to investigation into drones that hover over residential neighborhoods night after night, the scumbag speculators who harass people out of their homes by combining cell phone “mobbing” (bullying) with the methods of dirty private investigators (parabolic loudspeakers or LRADs), will be caught in the net of larger prey, maybe even a stingray. And if not an IMSI catcher, in lieu of drone radar and transponders, perhaps police forces that use drones should make a point of intercepting and photographing unknown drones to begin to study how they are being equipped, modified and used, and how they are becoming involved in digital crimes.
Perhaps it’s time that investigators like the FBI beat the mobbers at their own game.
TenantHarassment.com is offering a $5,000 reward for the real estate mobbers or “tenant relocators” who continue in their attempt to harass the author of this blog out of her home in northeast Seattle in order to force its sale to real estate speculators. The reward will likely be matched and will be given for the arrest and prosecution of the mobbers themselves, or those in the neighborhood watch or in business with them who were instrumental in installing the mobbers in the houses around the author of this blog. This is a serial crime and there may be a circle of people who “clear” residents for developers or for their own ventures, so it’s possible that if you’ve experienced something similar or heard of something similar, that some of the same people may be involved.
Just now, I was stopped at an intersection not far from my home when Sandra Motzer, crossing the street with her husband Tim, said loudly, “Oh god, there she is!” They passed in front of my car, Tim Motzer smirking.
Sandra Motzer, active in numerous neighborhood organizations including the councils, is someone who once wrote an email to other members of her neighborhood watch, several developers, and several apparent house flippers, talking about how parking strips could be marked and then the codes enforced to get renters in her neighborhood to move. Perhaps not so auspiciously for the homeless, she also chaired the Lake City neighborhood committee on Mayor Murray’s homelessness initiative. Tim Motzer is a former City of Seattle Parks and Recreation manager and, at least until Mayor Murray withdrew funding from the neighborhood council (I haven’t kept up on that; I hope funding was not restored), was active in the neighborhood councils as well as a neighborhood watch member who attempted to intimidate renters in his neighborhood out of parking on public streets with a public display of anger and fist-shaking.
It’s hard to imagine that people like this exist, or that they would be welcome in local government in an increasingly diverse community of any egalitarian spirit. I’ve barely even met either of them and probably spoke with one briefly once or twice before their sentiments became clear. With behavior more fitting for high school than in community, it’s no wonder what has happened to me in my neighborhood; small-minded people are the spirit of mobbing. These are the people who would be enthralled by an old-fashioned shaming of those they cannot control.
Mean-spirited people who hide what they are in positions of supposed benevolence, small-minded people who drain city coffers with their nuisance complaints, their incessant and often bogus reports of civil code violations, their misuse of civil services including false reports to police, people like these who would try to run off those who rent or those they plain don’t like, should be excluded from leadership roles. This is the only way to create change for the better. The time for “leaders” like Tim and Sandra Motzer has long since passed.
I haven’t been able to blog much in the past few months, although I hope to put out a post on mobbing and television technologies later this week. In the interim, what follows is the draft of a letter I’ll be sending the FAA to request information on drone owners and to assert that drone operator and ownership information should be available to the public because of the near complete lack of regulation affecting drones in combination with the inability to track and identify them.
A successful mobbing is a “white glove” forced eviction. And I use the term “white glove” because in the first weeks of the mobbing, among those voices heard in my house were the older voices that I was at least to presume belonged to the morally offended members of the neighborhood watch. Among their cries:
“There’s mold in the walls!”
“A white glove inspection!”
“You’ll be evicted!”
What if the KKK had drones? What if the Stasi had IMSI catchers? What if right-wing haters hire hackers? What happens when haters arm themselves with technology?
Real estate mobbing is weaponized hate. And mobbing is like a hate group that comes to your neighborhood, the way gay bashers always seem to go hang out in the Castro in San Francisco or on Capitol Hill in Seattle. It’s so much easier to find victims where they live.
In recent posts I’ve written about how real estate mobbers—tenant relocators or criminal speculators who are more than happy to get the job done on their own—harness the channels and streams that flow through a house to get their harassment to you. But it’s not all about real estate. There’s a good chance that real estate mobbers, like those who were welcomed into my northeast Seattle neighborhood by the neighborhood watch, get in the door because the nasty neighborhood watch lady thrills at the thought of harassing her neighbors out of the neighborhood in just such a brutal and secretive manner. And judging from the mobbers’ narrative, filled with threats, insults, and the tormented invective of hate groups and childhood bullies, mobbing assumes the guise of being a revenge crime that gives the angry mob its due. Mobbing is a haters’ platform from which to verbally abuse and berate the victim.