Anti-vaccine members of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia are an unlucky bunch. They are the target of elite hackers who hack into their private Facebook profiles so as to carry out a clandestine hacking objective of posting hacked anti-vaccine comments which are precisely like those made when these hacked accounts are not usually hacked.
These hacked chiropractors have sympathetic ears in the Chiropractic Board of Australia, as well as the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia. Hacking is a dastardly business. I mean, what would any elite hacker have to gain by hacking into the private Facebook accounts of anti-vaccine chiropractors so as to make anti-vaccine comments almost precisely like those made elsewhere when the hacked accounts are not being hacked? Are they evil hackers? Are they reprobate hackers? Are they, even worse, skeptic hackers? It stinks. It stinks to high hell.
On August 16 2013, anti-vaccine chiropractor, Rob Hutchings, of Body Brilliant Chermside, Brisbane – a member of the CAA – alerted his fellow CAA chiropractors to his hacking travails. What a business it was, comrades. Better tell the CBA:
Guys, just discovered I’m in that post as well. Interestingly the comment that he quotes me on is one of the many they have fabricated. Back in 2010, skeptics apparently discovered my existence and hacked facebook and email to make false comments in an effort to pursue slander like this. They’ve also posted false comments by “me”and other chiropractors (and other non druggies) saying things like “Chiropractic is the cure for cancer” in many public forums.
I had to pre-empt complaints to the board based on this. (Who would have thought I’d be a fan of the George Bush era of preemptive strikes?) It was a lot of unnecessary aggravation.
I don’t have the answer to what is the best approach here. I don’t think anyone except skeptics read this guys blog. Most people have better things to do. But at the same time, it is quite disturbing that they not only hack accounts, they’ve obviously also tracked my movements from Adelaide to Brissie. It’s not like I’ve broadcasted that, so these people are very persistent in their stalking.
I advise you all to be careful, not only on facebook. These people are known for escalating to extremely aggressive behaviour.
Hutchings had previously made dozens of comments on the anti-vaccine Facebook page of the Australian Vaccination Network (most of which I still have), which are consistent in subject and tone to everything else he has written. Hutchings had also claimed he was “a doctor” in a Courier Mail online article’s comments section; and he had also claimed to be able to sign conscientious objector forms via fax (he can’t, and he can’t). From the AVN Facebook page, on November 8 2010 (probably another elite hacker comment):
On April 3 2015, I wrote about anti-vaccine chiropractor Koe Davidson, of Peak Potential Health and Wellness, in Melbourne – a member of the CAA – who had been investigated by AHPRA with a determination made by the Chiropractic Board of Australia. Davidson was caught cold posting anti-vaccine misinformation on his professional pages. He was cautioned for those.
In January 2014, Davidson had posted several anti-vaccine comments which were, mostly, precisely the same in content and tone as those previously posted on his professional pages. The difference with the 2014 comments, however, was that those comments were made by elite hackers who had hacked into his private Facebook profile to publish hacked comments in his name, which were consistent with his beliefs and personality, for some reason unbeknownst to himself, or the CBA; or us. The CBA agreed:
Well, stick a fork in me and call me “chump”.
On August 1 2015, I wrote about anti-vaccine chiropractor Jason Parkes, of Boambee – a member of the CAA – who had been making outrageous anti-vaccine and anti-medicine comments on the AVN Facebook page over a three-year period. Parkes had, inexplicably, been hosting third year medical students out of Coffs Harbour on their allied health rotation.
Today, an article has been published in Australian Doctor (full text at bottom of this post), which investigates how Parkes came to be in a position to mentor a bunch of students who are being trained in evidence-based medicine. Obviously Parkes’ services won’t be needed any more:
The chiropractor was adamant he had always been professional with the students and was not preaching anti-vaccination propaganda.
“The students observe me adjusting patients. I go through a normal chiropractic examination history. I go through X-rays and explain how that side of things works,” he said.
“At the end of the day, it’s no skin off my arse. I’m doing this voluntarily on my own time.
“So it would be the school’s loss, not mine [if the placements were discontinued].”
In a twist of what can only be understood as fate – let’s face some hard realities, here – Parkes claims he was probably also hacked when elite hackers made comments from his personal Facebook profile which were also consistent with the content and personality of Parkes’ non-hacked comments. There is a nefarious elite hacker intent in here somewhere; I just can’t nail it down:
Mr Parkes last week described some of his previous comments on vaccination as “debates” and banter, but also said that his Facebook account “may have been hacked” around the time of his “medical sham” comments in mid-2011.
I would go a step further. I would say that both Parkes’ and Hutchings’ Facebook accounts had been hacked by the same elite hackers when they were having this hackers’ conversation on the AVN Facebook page, on December 1-4 2010:
I mean, there really is no other logical explanation.