DNO disassociates itself from mischievous email

A screenshot of the email being circulated
A screenshot of the email being circulated

Dominica News Online would like to disassociate itself from what appears to be a mischievous email which is being circulated with a link to a story purportedly written by a member of staff.

The email contains DNO’s letter head with a story entitled “Greatest corruption scandal in the Dominica is happening right now” and the link leads to a site that asks for a password for a Microsoft account. (A screenshot of the email is above).

We would like to inform our readers that any story written by DNO appears first on the homepage at http://dominicanewsonline.com and links are created on Facebook.

Dominica News Online does not, under any circumstances, send stories to readers via email accompanied by links.

Further, Dominica News Online has not in recent past, written a story entitled, “Greatest corruption scandal in the Dominica is happening right now” as the email is suggesting.

We believe this email is either a scam or someone is maliciously attempting to put DNO’s name in a bad light.

We urge all our readers that if they receive an email entitled, “Greatest corruption scandal in the Dominica is happening right now,” to completely disregard it since it did not originate from Dominica News Online.

Just recently, Dominica News Online was hit by a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack which left the site offline for a couple days.

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58 Comments

  1. jade
    August 5, 2015

    This was not done by a Dominican. I strongly believe this was done by foreigners on behalf of an unpopular foreighner in our country. This came from the UK. They vowed to get even because of an article which appearedon DNO. I have been following every article, every response to articles and videos posted by the foreghner and her croonies. Dominicans are sleeping. Wake up. Her name is A.M. Her people refer to our country as the Dominican. One person who responded here is right. That article was taken from a previous article about corruption in The Dominican Republic and not Dominica

    • Gabby
      August 6, 2015

      Do you have any evidence to back up those beliefs? Scams like this are commonplace and target countries around the globe–including with emails that use or revise the titles of news headlines, whether or not that headline is even appropriate for the country. In Dominica, so many people just like to “strongly believe” things and talk about conspiracies without calmly considering the more plausible solutions. I’m not denying that it is *possible* that something malicious has occurred here, and you may well be right in your allegations, but honestly, this kind of email scam is extremely common. Just Google-search for types of phishing scams around the globe and you’ll find ones remarkably similar to this one.

  2. Gabby
    August 5, 2015

    This is very unfortunate, as DNO has done a great service to Dominica by its very existence, allowing us to keep connected in the diaspora and in the island online. However, it isn’t surprising, necessarily. The Internet is full of scammers who use the names of universities, celebrities, websites, etc. in emails to ask for bank information or other personal identity items. My university in the U. S. receives spam, most of which is filtered, almost every day/week, some of which impersonates the university in an attempt to gain students’ information. It was only a matter of time before someone decided that DNO, too, was a potential online market. They may also have assumed we are gullible because we are a small island.

    So, although we can’t rule out a malicious attack, especially in light of the Denial of Service one, it is worth also considering the more likely answer: that this is just one of endless impersonating email scams for identity theft.

  3. JUDICIAL REVIEW FOR WHITE COLOR CRIMINALS
    August 5, 2015

    its ironic that, the media outlets which bring the news as it is, are subjected to frequency jamming and DDOS attacks…
    SOME PEOPLE WANT THE MASSES TO REMAIN IGNORANT…. but FYI there are a lot of us who can do the same but remain responsible in our actions…

    • Dominican
      August 5, 2015

      couldn’t it be competition? you people are so small minded you cant see further than the tip of you noses. You like to sound smart but you cant even think further than one possibility shame

  4. August 5, 2015

    Some would like the world to believe that so many bad things are happening in our country, some who oppose the government have written so many letters and newspaper articles putting Dominica and Dominicans in a bad light. Nothing surprises me anymore. We are our own worse enemy.

    Sometimes even on DNO I read articles or comments where we give titles to every supporters of the Opposition whether or not they legally have that title sometimes in the same article on the other hand people who are members of the DLP Government or supporters some deliberately and disrespectfully called the members by their first name or other demeaning names to make their points with no regard to the office they hold.

    So DNO this seems like more of the same. Bring down our country and our country men and women thinking it does not have any effect on each and every Dominican at home or abroad when any of us disrespect our country’s good name for whatever reason.

  5. Ex DA Law Man
    August 5, 2015

    DNO is my favorite.Very informative.Blue or red ca speak their minds.Up to the powers that be,DNO would be told what and what not to allow.The truth hurts.Its clear that it was done as a threat.Spend some money and find out who it is.Then get paid.That demonstrates that the powers that be would rather the people be led blindly so as to maintain power.

  6. August 5, 2015

    Well Tim Durant .. you know what they say….what goes around comes around`, and you reap what you sow. From its inception DNO stance and genre has been mischief especially when it favours the opposition. Dominica and Dominicans are being called all kinds of names because of your encouragement. People are degrading their country and their country folks to the lowest degree and you allow them. They are doing it only to satisfy their mischievous bad habits and you are allowing it.
    Any posting that is about issues is deleted, moderated or is described as repeated, but false accusations ,gossip, blame and negative comments are celebrated. In your defense you may think that these comments are the views of contributers, but you are the PUBLISHER The buck stops with you. A change is needed when issues can be challenged or defended, where dialogue is informative and not insaltive. Comments can be partisan. We are all entitled to our civil opinion and free speech, but we have

  7. ghost
    August 5, 2015

    this is an example of social Engineering or phishing. The hacker published a document to lure the attacker into entering is username and password to the fake microsoft site. Once the email and password is entered it will be forwarded to the attacker and he will have your login credentials. This is not an attack on DNO and or UWP or labour party. It is aimed at retrieving username and passwords or microsoft mail users.

    • Dominican
      August 5, 2015

      Tell those ignorant political dunce cats for me please. Whom do you think that type of headline would catch lol! :mrgreen:

  8. August 5, 2015

    I see three comments in pink and i am trying to wonder what is wrong with the people who wrote them.don’t you they know anything about freedom of expression and freedom 0f the press

  9. truththe
    August 4, 2015

    The evil that man do lives with him, their evil deeds will definitely catch them.
    DN, God is on your side, St. Michael will defend you.Be strong, Be brave. The word of God is a sharp sword.

  10. Laughter the best medicine.
    August 4, 2015

    So Miss pretty are you telling us that DA has many a blonde? as U are the only one who caught it.
    DA has mainly black peeps and Karifuna and other mixtures as I recall but now pretty telling us we have a high percentage of blondes.

  11. August 4, 2015

    The integrity of DNO and it’s Managing Director will preserve them. Do not be afraid for the darkness must flee before the light.DNO stands for FREEDOM , LIGHT & TRUTH.

  12. The Real Facts - ON
    August 4, 2015

    If I happen to access such and I am asked to give a Microsoft account password, I would simply exit. Never do I give a password to any Website if I am asked for it except to access my personal email messages.
    Be smart D/cans and others who comment on this Website. Do not fall prey to that which appears to be a scam and a dirty trick to tarnish good names and reputation.
    Some people are idle. They love to cause mischief and to mislead others. Satan finds some mischief for idle hands (minds) to do.
    Since accessing this Website especially in recent months, I noted there are some wicked people who comment. They are judged by their words; what they state. . . .
    Why can’t we not simply provide our views without being nasty to others, causing mischief and harm?
    Evil deeds do not go unpunished. God knows who you are. He rewards the good and punishes the wicked.
    Let us all enjoy the privilege DNO accords us with patience, allowing our comments pro and con. Peace!

  13. Chief Jaco
    August 4, 2015

    So we perform with excellent drama and excitement as the malicious culprit(s) expected us to do. We blow hot air and play the blame game and point fingers accusingly shouting is you is you. Peace comrades, this was done to throw us all in a bad light including DNO and our nation Dominica, so we would be at each others throat and our nation in a state of chaos and confusion. Whether blue or red, black and white we should all condemn such a malicious act. Let us work together to catch the culprit(s).

    • Shameless
      August 4, 2015

      And so they shall be caught and dealt with accordingly. Mark my words.. :twisted: :twisted:

      Assertive, NOT Aggressive! :twisted: :twisted:

    • Laughter the best medicine.
      August 4, 2015

      Another reason DA is properly screwed by this band of new/neo DLP mix with and headed by aging from the DFP with an agenda of being the richest guys & gals heading to the cemetery sooner or later. The ceif is ill and won’t accept it a sr.Counselor is a cystal failey with back issues the other looks like despicable me
      DA cannot be more screwed with charlo of 77 & 79 fame now president one opportunist recently passed shorty was not extended for very serious reasons,We have a productivity chief/advisor when there is virtually no production on island now a former poor guy who quit as a civil servant (well compensated to run the Roseau central seat for Neo DLP & lost now is poverty asssement advisor lol Alos!How much did medard pay you to run again? now U aren’t poor you are in charge of poverty assessment? tickle me somebody. Sparkle & shine now extending greetings on behalf of medard Charlo to St;Lucia’s governor general this one takes the cake.He forgot just a few yrs ago b4…

      • Laughter the best medicine.
        August 5, 2015

        He was blowing his horn around the ministry blowing as if he took over from Mighty DBS (may his soul rest in peace) I thought UWP was coming again. rememeber they came and was like a premature ejaculation. DA was left hanging as UWP came and left too soon.

  14. August 4, 2015

    I am a Canadian living in Canada who enjoys DNO.

    Most of us understand that a news report is suppose to be factual and is not obligated to reflect the opinion of the editor or the position of the Administration. Commentators express their opinions on many subjects. I’m sure the Administration does not agree with much of what we write. But they put up with us and allow this exchange. I for one am grateful for this. Freedom of speech and the press are part of democracy. It is not always possible to exercise these things without stepping on toes!

    Some of the comments are loaded with enough truth to offend people who think they are being picked on and leave them totally frustrated since they have no objective answers. They fight back with an “All is fair in love and in war” mentality, which only shows how frustrated they are.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

    • August 5, 2015

      Rev Hill…….The mindset is we have rights and can exercise them any way we please. We never think those rights come with responsibility and obligation to ensure that the rights of others are respected. We forget the golden rule or the warning… “love one another as I love you”

      • Titiwi
        August 5, 2015

        Hey shoes, you twisted that again and I’m not sure sure you did that on purpose. The saying is “love one another as you love yourself”. However, that would be an impossibility for a delusional and narcissistic sociopath.

      • August 5, 2015

        Hey DNO look at titiwi’s comments on my posting. Because I quoted the words of Jesus I am quite mad according to his words. That person does not know me, has completely missed the point and goes into personal attack mode. How is this elevating?

      • @Titiwi August 5, 2015

        Compare the words of Emile Zapatos “love one another as I love you” and the words of Jesus at John 15: 12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you”.

        You are speaking about the 10 Commandments through Moses; she quoted the Words of Jesus, notice that He said He was giving His disciples and us today, His own commandment.

  15. Business Minded
    August 4, 2015

    I suppose the technological talent and skill that resides at DNO have surprised a few, because DNO did not allow itself to succumb to the recent attack. Consequently the defamation strategy has been modified. How can they touch what they cannot see:

    The technical skill of Dominicans at work.

    From the power of the Trafalgar falls,
    To the tranquility of the Emerald pool,
    The rugged mountain ranges,
    Sleeping… the turbulence of the fiery volcanos,
    There contained within the heart of this Nature Island.

    Resulting in the Boiling and Fresh water lakes,
    Amongst these natural elements there!! Is the mighty DNO,
    Because you allow free speech to reign,
    You must withstand and resist,
    For silence it will never become,
    We need it more then it needs to be.

    Thank you DNO…
    j hugoio

    • Business Minded
      August 4, 2015

      Corrections: My emotions got the better of me…

      From the power of the Trafalgar falls,
      To the tranquility of the Emerald pool,
      Within the rugged mountain ranges,
      Sleeping… the turbulence of the fiery volcanos.

      Contained in the heart of this Nature isle,
      Resulting in Boiling and Fresh water lakes,
      Amongst these natural elements,
      Resides the mighty DNO.

      Because you allow free speech to reign,
      You must withstand and resist,
      For silence you will never become,
      Alas…… we need you more than you need to be.

      Thank you DNO…
      j hugoio

      • Laughter the best medicine.
        August 4, 2015

        keep up ur emotions snd burn. The more I study the greatest corruption and ignorance in DA I comepare it to Jonestown of 1978. It recently aired over & over on CNN and the more I followed it the more I see DA being in a similar situation.

  16. August 4, 2015

    Sounds great, but can you get us a update on the new hospital?

  17. Titiwi
    August 4, 2015

    Looks like a typical ploy from the political counter-propaganda dept. Make the opposition look bad so you can justify going after them. Too amateurish and wont work. The truth always prevails.

    • Laughter the best medicine.
      August 4, 2015

      maybe with drones lol Now they are attaching Guns to drones are the Neo DLP gonna adopt this pattern? can that lawyer ex-priest answer?Drones should have been in operation when he was a priest. we would send one under his cassock.

  18. Kid On The Block
    August 4, 2015

    Desperation of the UWP. Take your blows DNO BECAUSE YOU have made your site a brother/sister to Q95,

    • August 5, 2015

      DNO should adopt a policy that is independent and issue oriented.

    • Jeff
      August 5, 2015

      ‘Kid..’ Both sides of party supporters give political blows on DNO, so you only want them to publish negatives on Skeritt, Skeritt, Skeritt? And the other side only want to read negatives on Linton, Linton, Linton? Why not write something for us all to read or think about, if you smarter than that? It’s interractive, deal with it as a man or woman, quit complaining.

    • Titiwi
      August 5, 2015

      And yet Kid, they published your comments despite your pointed accusation, which renders it baseless.

  19. Shameless
    August 4, 2015

    Hold strong DNO! No weapon used against you shall prosper! We all know what happens when corruption is being exposed. The men in high office trying to destroy you will be dealt with at the appropriate time. Just remember how LL was “allegedly” framed by a certain individual using a letter inviting Taiwan officials to his acceptance speech had he won the elections. May I just remind that same individual that, “god is good all the time!”

    Assertive, NOT Aggressive! :twisted: :twisted:

  20. August 4, 2015

    DNO that cause that because their stories always favouring the blue side now alu cryin…..like mama soutiweh

    • Ex DA Law Man
      August 5, 2015

      You just proved yourself wrong.The comment you just made tells me you don’t like DNO yet still your comment was posted.You might be one who wishes to remain blind.Its not about blue and red.Stay blind and perish.

  21. Shaka zulu
    August 4, 2015

    I wonder why is DNO being targeted. This means that you guys are relevant so keep doing what you all doing. If I were you guys I would hire an expert to investigate. Non Dominican. May cost some money but would be worth finding out who is behind this. Smells rotten.

    • August 4, 2015

      Some think it has nothing to do with politics. However, whoever is responsible knows Dominican politics well enough to put it together to suit their purpose.

      It may be just another attack to run DNO down and they don’t care how they do it as long as they can make the company look bad. They want to diminish your credibility so people will discount what you publish. This is because you are publishing things that expose them and leave them without excuse.

      An attack against DNO is an assault against journalism. It is an attack on democracy.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

      • Hope
        August 5, 2015

        Rev. stick to preaching no need for you as a pastor getting involve in matters of such kind

  22. Made In Dominica
    August 4, 2015

    This was copied from a previous report about the Dominican Republic written in November 2012.. See link http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-878860

    • Oli
      August 4, 2015

      You’re correct

    • Wacko
      August 4, 2015

      Thanks MADE IN DOMINICA, Good work. So is this the exact article that DNO is talking about? It should be clear to us that Dominica does not have Presidential Elections/Campaigns, and Dominica does not have Congress.

  23. Miss Pretty
    August 4, 2015

    First thing…. the person responsible put the date as “Thursday 4th August”, when today’s date is clearly Tuesday 4th August…See how Mischief not good…. smh

    • Laughter the best medicine.
      August 4, 2015

      Maybe you are the only bulb on the DNO reading public who saw this your school was on a hill? high school hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah hip hip hip hurray Miss Pretty is not only her name shei is also bright & sharp she is not a blonde.

    • August 4, 2015

      Nobody thinks any less of DNO because of his lame attack. So if they intended to hurt DNO they failed! The world knows DNO is still standing tall.

      The more I study it the funnier it becomes.

      First you have somebody who doesn’t have the spine to put their own name on it.

      Second the person doesn’t know what day it is.

      Third this is somebody who is ignorant of DNO publishing policy which is something an insider would not be.

      Fourth the person is either a copy-cat or has done this before. If he (she) is a copy cat it is somebody who lacks creativity and is bored! If he (or she) has done it before the person is not bright enough to realize it didn’t work the last time.

      In my country if the person was caught he (or she) could be charged with public mischief. Do you have such a charge in Dominica? Here it brings a rather tidy prison term.

      Either your police are going to sleep through this one OR they are already all over it.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill…

  24. mwen enkor
    August 4, 2015

    They are trying to Frame you as a bad site which is against the Government.
    Those who are doing that may just be shooting themselves in the foot.

  25. LANSAL
    August 4, 2015

    …..that doing dat. politicans believe that DNO is a UWP online news forum, it is not…

  26. Fedup
    August 4, 2015

    Hmmm. Blue mealybug propaganda machine is getting desperate it seems!!

    • Looking
      August 4, 2015

      If it is the opposition responsible, they would be very very stupid don’t you think?

  27. Concerned Dominican
    August 4, 2015

    Another attempt to discredit free and independent media in Dominica!! Journalist you all have a very serious responsibility at this time, more than ever, to bring to light the truth as it happens in our beloved country!!! Stand talk, take this opportunity seriously and do what must be done irrespective of those who seek to derail your efforts!!! God bless our country!! Peace and love

    • August 4, 2015

      DNO is appreciated around the world.

      Years ago they said “The pen is mightier than the sword.”

      Now we say “The computer keyboard is mightier than the gun.”

      Truth and justice have no greater weapon than the press although we use the word “press” in a figurative way since it has been replaced in this case by the internet.

      Often in times of political corruption, economical collapse, civil war, and a police force that thought they were untouchable, the only light left burning has been a powerful uncompromised newspaper driven by a fearless editor determined to tell it like it is who refused to be muzzled.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill.

    • August 4, 2015

      DNO is appreciated around the world.

      Years ago they said \”The pen is mightier than the sword.\”

      Now we say \”The computer keyboard is mightier than the gun.\”

      Truth and justice have no greater weapon than the press although we use the word \”press\” in a figurative way since it has been replaced in this case by the internet.

      Often in times of political corruption, economical collapse, civil war, and a police force that thought they were untouchable, the only light left burning has been a powerful uncompromised newspaper driven by a fearless editor determined to tell it like it is who refused to be muzzled.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill.

      • Fedup
        August 5, 2015

        Your true colours start to show reverend. Please stick to your ‘so-called biblical calling’ (if you ever had one that is) and stay away from the politics. That will do your credibility a whole lot of good!!!

      • Dominican
        August 5, 2015

        Pastor who has experienced higher learning, could it be just a hacker trying to get passwords? Knowing how people like you think wouldn’t that be an easy way to catch fish?

      • August 6, 2015

        Dear Fedup…. Rev Hill colors tell me he is an advocate of good media practices which we need in this world of media partisanship. We need contributors like him, and we need DNO. But we need to see improvement towards fairness and truth. We need to see both sides of issues supported by facts. We need independent reporting and comments.
        Long ago Tim Durant attended a seminar on how the media can be part of the national development process, so let DNO be such.
        We should stop copying the antics of the international media partisanship antics coming from the MDC countries. They are developed already and do not care about us in the LDC countries.

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