Forged Court Order Aimed at Vanishing Newspaper Article About Businessman Mason Soiza
Forged court orders are usually used in attempt to deceive Google into removing hundreds of online links.
As reported by Eugene Volokh is founder of the Volokh Conspiracy blog, two fake documents were sent to Google in an attempt to censor a Times article that revealed concerns about an online pharmacy run by an alleged Internet spammer. The documents, which included an order which was purported to be from the UK Supreme Court, were sent to the tech giant in an supposed attempt to get the article removed from its search result.
The request was supposedly submitted in the name of Mason Soiza, aged 24, the owner of UK Meds, although he denied making the request. It came amid concerns about how businesses, individuals and law firms use takedown requests to remove damaging information from searches. At least 75 fake court documents have been reportedly sent to Google, according to a US academic.
Existing accusations against Mason Soiza
Mr. Soiza had previously been linked to plugin spam that had been responsible for causing havoc on the internet, in posts that identified him as the person behind the purchase and the corruption of Display Widgets plugin and at least two other popular WordPress plugins.
Mark Maunder of Wordfence, confirmed that Soiza was responsible for the purchase of the Financial Calculator plugin and the Display Widgets plugin and also stated in his blog post, that there was an established financial trail. He also told the public that Mr. Soiza added a backdoor to the Display Widgets WordPress plugin in order to allow himself unlimited publishing access to sites running the plugin..
Furthermore, Mark Maunder warned the public that if they are contacted by "Kevin Danna" or "Mason Soiza", that they should be sure to avoid all contact.
Also, Mason was associated with the good number of online doctor sites that are doling out powerful painkillers and dangerous prescription medicines to UK patients, including a lot of recovering addicts, with little or no checks and oversight from medical watchdogs.
Volunteers for Panorama decided to give false medical histories when they completed the online questionnaire and asked that their own GPs were not contacted.
UK Meds however, told the programme that patient care and safety was at the core of the business. A spokesperson of the company also added that they were regulated by the UK drug regulator which is the MHRA and the General Pharmaceutical Council, and that all the doctors that they contract through the Romanian company, EU General Practitioners, are actually registered with Britain’s General Medical Council.
The CQC took it upon themselves to inspect all private and NHS GPs hospitals which included a good number of online services, on a range of their standards and how well they regarded the safety of their care and prescribing of their drugs.
How Mason Soiza reacted
Mr Soiza, who emailed The Times to ask for the newspaper to "de-index" the article about him, said he was not responsible for creating the forged documents or submitting them to Google. He said they were "100% not sent by me" and added that they also looked awful.
He however, admitted to the fact that he had hired a company called DeIndex to clear his name and had offered £6,000 if it succeeded in removing the false information about him online. Furthermore, he, said that he also did not know anything about its methods, although someone claiming to represent DeIndex on the company's Skype account came forward to say that it had not made any submissions to Google nor had it created the documents.