Dear HH Community Family,
I am writing to share an update with you on the recent hacking/spamming situation that hit our Community.
Upon investigating, it turns out that one of our (now former) volunteer administrators, for some misguided reason, was convinced to share his account information with an individual named Elshara. While inside the website, Elshara betrayed the trust of our administrator and stole the member data of the Community. He then began to spam the members of our Community with invitations from his community website, Cosmic Nation http://www.unitedstarseeds.com
Let me make a point clear here. Our Admins on this site are awesome. They are caring, compassionate souls who are there when you have a question or need assistance. They are co-creators of this wonderful Community (as are you). BUT…they are not the site owners. They are volunteers for Humanity Healing International. We will be implementing further safeguards to ensure that this type of incident does not happen again.
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The theft of our proprietary member data by Elshara and its subsequent use to spam our members has resulted in two separate, but related actions taken by Humanity Healing International, Inc.
First, we have filed formal charges with our local police (as this is the protocol) and with the FBI’s IC3 unit, as this is an internet crime. Also, because Elshara Silverheart (Cosmic Nation), aka Nraesh Talek (Illuminating Minds Society), aka Starseed (Universal Love), aka Josh O’Brian; is a citizen of British Columbia, Canada, we have also filed complaints with the Royal Canadian Mounties and his local police department.
Unless we receive legally binding assurances that the proprietary member data has been destroyed and is no longer being used for any reason, we are prepared to pursue this matter to the fullest extent of the law.
Second, the matter of our members being spammed with our email was turned over to Ning, the service provider who owns the platform these communities operate on. Elshara has an extensive history, easily Google-able, of taking other Ning Community’s member lists to spam those members and has been banned or blacklisted from multiple sites.
Ning investigated Elshara’s actions, determined he violated Ning’s Terms of Service, and shut down Elshara’s community, Cosmic Nation. It is our understanding that all of the member’s profiles, blogs, etc. have been completely deleted. We very much regret the harm caused to the innocent members of this community due to Elshara’s unethical activities, but Elshara was repeatedly warned, including by members of his own community, what would result if he continued to flagrantly violate Ning’s Terms of Service, something he had legally agreed to in order to start his community. As a community owner, Elshara has a responsibility to his members to make sure his site is in compliance with Ning’s TOS and is operated with the highest integrity.
Ning’s investigations and actions ARE NOT OVER, because the behavior that resulted in the deletion of his community HAS NOT stopped.
Immediately after his own Ning community was shut down because of Elshara’s unethical activities, he began to repeat the same pattern of spamming our Humanity Healing Community members with invites to another site, Illuminating Minds Society.
We would very much regret if this site was also shut down by Ning because of the continued unethical actions of one individual, Elshara, aka Nraesh Talek, who is an administrator there. It is our hope that the owner of the site will take the necessary steps to ensure that Elshara’s actions do not damage her members.
Yesterday, Elshara again used the stolen email list to begin spamming Humanity Healing Community members with invitations to join yet another Ning community, called Universal Love, which he just created.
We know Ning is looking at both of these communities now.
There are two things that really surprise me about the course of these events:
First, that Elshara continues to use the proprietary member data he stole from us to continue to send out spam invitations. He should realize by now that use of it is a red flag in Ning’s continuing investigation of him.
Second, although Elshara professes profusely that all he is trying to do is create a space of Love and Unity, he does not seem to realize that you cannot achieve an enlightened goal using actions that lack integrity. If we truly want to raise the consciousness of the world, one of the first mindsets we need to drop is “the ends justify the means”. This is an old paradigm philosophy and look how much harm has resulted from this mindset over the years.
At this point, the investigation of the abuse on the Ning Platform is in the hands of Ning and we await the outcome.
Again, my sincere apologies that the peaceful environment in this community has been shattered and ask for your continued patience until this matter is permanently resolved.
CEO, Humanity Healing International
The earlier thread about this matter can be found at http://community.humanityhealing.net/profiles/blogs/attention-all-m...