‘Idaho Conservative Blogger’ calls it quits, cites expense of fighting hackers

The anonymous apple-faced blogger who landed interviews with big names including Gov. Butch Otter and members of the Idaho congressional delegation announced late Thursday that he’d taken his site down.

The man, who works in law enforcement in Ada County, said he’d been plagued by hackers. He maintained his anonymity with a clever appropriation of Rene Magritte’s famous painting, “The Son of Man,” a self-portrait with a green apple floating in front of the artist’s face.

“Taking ICB off line is purely a business decision,” he wrote in an email and on the ICB Facebook page. “I enjoy blogging but quite honestly the cost of keeping it up and running vs. the hackers makes it impossible to continue. The cost to keep rebuilding the page is more than the revenue ICB is generating.”

ICB’s Facebook page was still live Friday morning, where those lamenting the demise of the conservative commentary included Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney; Phil Hardy, the former spokesman to GOP Congressman Raul Labrador; and Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, who urged ICB to continue his work on Facebook.

“Do it here!” writes Hagedorn. “Short news and links… I’ve found it works, but it’s no way to make money! LOL”

ICB said he may write for other outlets and will use social media: “I will continue to link to articles of interest here on Facebook and occasionally might write a blog post here. I will also continue to tweet at twitter.”

For those who can’t access ICB’s Facebook posting, here’s a copy of his full email:

I just wanted to send a quick email informing you that after some long and hard thinking I have decided to retire the ICB webpage.  It was a difficult decision.  Over the last few years I have put a lot of my time and energy into ICB and I am proud of what we accomplished.

Over the last year or so ICB has been the target of numerous hackers taking my page and taking it off line.  I don’t need to tell you rebuilding a hacked web page is an expensive endeavor, not to mention time consuming.  I have some of the best IT guys in the business who have tried to increase security on my page to keep the hackers out but, they have been unsuccessful.

Taking ICB off line is purely a business decision. I enjoy blogging but quite honestly the cost of keeping it up and running vs. the hackers makes it impossible to continue. The cost to keep rebuilding the page is more than the revenue ICB is generating.

Some might say the hackers won.  Maybe so.  Is the hacking some kind of left wing conspiracy against a conservative web page?  I can’t say but it’s been a fun ride.

I think all of you for your support over the years. Who knows, you might just hear from ICB again in the future.  Not on ICB the webpage but somewhere else.  Over the years I have been asked to contribute opinion pieces to others.  I might just consider that now that all my time wont be dedicated to keeping ICB running.

Thanks again for your support and friendships ICB has brought my way,




Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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