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Closed Case File: Witchcraft in Cyberspace

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Source: http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2127325/malaysian-police-haunted-complaints-about-occult

Malaysian authorities have contracted our assistance in helping with a backlog of complaints involving the occult. There are over a thousand reports of people being victimized in some way via social media. Many of the cases are likely simple fraud on the elderly and the sick; those can be handled by the local police. Our consultant will sift through the backlog to identify and investigate only those cases that show signs of bona fide supernatural influence via cyberspace. Although this sounds like a daunting task, it is probably going to focus on a handful of mediums (called "bomoh") which will allow us to look at the cases more easily.
Posted Jan 14, 18 · OP · Last edited Mar 25, 18
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I spoke with a contact who has some expertise on witchcraft, who said that while the claims made are hilarious:
A Witch wrote:
Witchcraft fuckery through the internet isn't just theoretical - there are entire disciplines that are dedicated on various ways to make it happen. Not to mention the mediums thing as....faux-shitlords extorting people for petty (??) cash.... far more common than you'd think.

So this falls into the category of possible and I hope whomever picks up this case understands that if someone is actually doing this they need to be stopped.
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Posted Jan 20, 18
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I will look into this. On top of being a medium who finds these fakers personally offensive, I also have some fun and curious ways of navigating cyberspace that will take care of any nonsense.

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Posted Mar 25, 18 · Last edited Mar 25, 18
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Just... don't read the comments Mihai. That's an ancient evil we don't need unleashed.
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Posted Mar 25, 18
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How are we on this?
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Mihai is unable to follow through with this, so I'm moving it cold cases for now. I can reopen it if a consultant of freelancer is interested in picking up the investigation.
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Posted Sep 10, 18
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The case has been reopened and assigned to freelancer Ashton Maraban.
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Posted Nov 30, 18
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Case Title: Witchcraft in Cyberspace

Consultants: Ashton Maraban (Freelancer)

Resolution: Of the seven incidents in the case file, four were already solved by local police. I am reasonably satisfied that the other three incidents have been explained.

Case Write Up: Local authorities had already solved four of the incidents, leaving me to focus on the other three. I interviewed the victim that complained of his family member cursing him with random erections, After observing his demeanor and his surroundings, I am inclined to classify this incident as a fabrication designed to make excuses for improper behavior. I left the door open with the local police to pursue it further if anything contrary to my conclusion develops. That left me with the two young ladies in Kluang, both claiming sexual abuse at the hands of Bomoh Nirmala bin Wangi. I was unable to locate one of the victims, and the second was not very cooperative, I was eventually able to get the address of the Bomoh from her, and proceeded to the location with my local police escort.

The directions took me to a market storefront advertising healing and divination. Also prominently displayed was an advertisement for the Fear Nothing Foundation. I was then required to withdraw, not knowing how connected the Bomoh was to the foundation. I am likely on file with then due to previous operations, and I thought it prudent to avoid gun-play in a foreign country, as well as avoiding the creation of an international incident for Knightsbridge Consulting. I then returned to Kuala Lumpur to attempt to expose his crimes electronically. From the time of the visit to Kluang through the end of my trip, I was followed by local police, and was unsure if I could trust even the escort assigned to me.

After spending the previous day plotting and planning, I called the Constable to tell her I had decided to follow up on the lead later. After making excuses of pressing business, I took a taxi to the British Embassy. I signed in and filed an application to extend my visa for appearances sake, then proceeded to seek out an encrypted internet connection. Once I realized that guns were no longer an option, I needed a more subtle solution, one that couldn't be trusted to the hotel Wi-Fi. I made the arrangements and powered up my computer. After a establishing a quick SSH tunnel to a temporary VPS, I began setting up a relay to hop IP addresses, eventually fashioning a connection that would appear to come from Rost, a coffee shop in Tallin, Estonia. From there, I made an eminently detectable proxy, linking any traffic coming from the 'coffee shop' to the Ip address the Bomoh posts his emails from. I then began to spin a salacious tale of underage women, human trafficking and kidnapping designed to set off alarm bells in as many governments and internet watchdog organizations as possible. I used this as a backdrop to present the Bomoh's crimes in an online setting that would be impossible to ignore. After completing my task, I covered my tracks as best I could and powered down. Keeping up appearances, I completed the process of extending my visa and returned to the hotel. After a quick lunch, I created a throwaway email account, sending my breadcrumb trail to WikiLeaks as an anonymous tip from a journalist.

In less than twenty four hours, the nature of his deeds became public and he was apprehended. The incidents are now public and impossible to ignore. Even If any locals were in the employ of Fear Nothing or the Bomoh, the incident is too large for them to contain. I will be following the upcoming trial with interest.


Follow Up Actions: I have an open channel of communication with a Corporal in the Royal Police. We have agreed to share information if the gentleman complaining of the erections turns out to be more than a simple pervert. The little online honeypot that I fashioned will remain operational to see who it draws in. I am hoping it will enable us to uncover the one thing that I was unable to; whether or not the Bomoh's predations were supernatural or mundane in nature. I also plan to use the IP addresses that I gathered to investigate other connections that Fear Nothing may have in the dark corners of the internet.
Posted Jan 23, 19
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If this Bomoh was an FNF recruiter, it's quite probably that he has high powers of persuasion, whether mundane or supernatural. It's good that he's behind bars, but l fear he may literally talk his way out of it.

Still good work on this case, and marking it closed for now.
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Posted Jan 24, 19
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