---- It is easy for competitors to hurt established sites (negative SEO)
martinibuster - 9:06 pm on Dec 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
...doesn't share their views or don't like their political candidates.
Nobody spends time and money to oppose the views of someone else in another country. It's not personal. It's not about views. It's about money.
As I already told you, there's unusual spambot activity originating in Russia and the Ukraine. It's all about money. Some of it is to infect computers for a wide range of activities, but it all comes back to money.
It's nothing personal to you or your site so stop thinking in those terms and view this soberly for what it is. It's just someone trying to make money and your site got caught in the crossfire. Don't be surprised about it. That's reality and it's going to be this way for the rest of your online life.
Just as it's unwise to leave a laptop on the front seat of a parked car, there are activities on the other side of the world and next door to us that are going to affect us if we're not vigilant.
Although I believe that sites that do not promote themselves, particularly those in backwater niches, are vulnerable to being exploited in the manner you described and in other ways, it's also possible there are other issues going on with your site. Many times cases of "negative seo" turn out to be something else, sometimes dumb mistake type things related to improper implementation of code to badly executed "seo" activities.