Many, if not most, online attacks — including defamation — are carried out anonymously or pseudonymously. Bad actors typically conceal their identities, whether using aliases and providing fake information to websites or taking greater measures such as masking IP addresses. What many do not realize, in particular those who merely provide fake information or no information at all, is that there are a number of ways to unmask these parties’ actual identities.
In our third video, Whitney Gibson discusses the various techniques for identifying anonymous internet posters, including: 1) working with cyber investigators; 2) issuing subpoenas; 3) conducting forensic exams; 4) hiring linguistics experts; and 5) requesting that suspected attackers sign affidavits.
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