In the past week, I have received [several] PMs and queries from individuals. These individuals all say the same thing: That they are ready to (or have already) joined the reformed Vox Populi, and in doing so they were directed to contact any of the 5 Senators contemporary to the suspension of Vox Populi's charter.
This concerns me chiefly because it represents a security threat to each of these individuals, and most likely to many others unknown to me, in that the 5 last Senators of Vox Populi have neither have any involvement in any reformation of Vox Populi, nor any plans to reform Vox Populi in the near future. As such, any individual that has registered at any forum which he believes to be a new Vox forum has most likely fallen victim to a trap.
I strongly warn all rulers to regard their personal security with utmost care:
1. When registering at any spy-based forum, use a fake email address. Not the fake email you use all over the place, a specific fake email for that specific activity, and that specific activity only.
2. When registering or visiting any spy-related website, use a proxy.
3. When contacting any person on IRC for espionage matters, use a hostmask, rip off your neighbor's unsecured wireless network, or do it from a library or something. Changing your IRC nick from whatever you usually use to a fake nick does not hide your identity; for example, if you are "Impero" and you change your nick to "Funky_Butt_Loving" your hostmask is still the same, and you are still completely traceable.
4. Unless you are ready to sit at ZI or in peacemode for 9 months or more, do not spy.
5. Unless you are ready to sit at ZI or in peacemode for 9 months or more, do not spy.
6. If any person comes to you claiming to represent Vox Populi, a reformed Vox Populi, or the Senate of Vox Populi, at this point in time, they are either misinformed, or lying. If anyone out there is thinking about reforming Vox Populi then the 5 last Senators of Vox Populi have no idea who they are. If it really happens, believe me, you'll know.
7. Unless you are ready to sit at ZI or in peacemode for 9 months or more, do not spy.
8. Everyone needs to understand that CNtel is not a reliable source of information, and that it is a liability to your personal safety. It is packed with MK pranksters and weird harebrained conspiracy-theorists. Do not under any circumstances open PMs on the CNtel forum.
9. Never use the same password on any forum that you use for your nation or for this forum. Prominent members of alliances under attack from Doomhouse and/or VE have been receiving lots of password recovery emails from various other forums and games--make sure that your passwords and email addresses are secure. If there are forums that you do not visit frequently anymore, delete your account, or ask an admin of that forum to delete your account.