“First off, I am not talking about those silly wild haired dolls with jewels in their belly buttons,” begins the most recent installment of the regular Ask a Cop column, published to Utah’s KSL News website. This week’s topic of conversation isn’t the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street or how to circumvent marijuana laws: it’s a long, angsty missive about the scourge of online trolling. Read More
They See Me Trollin'
One 39-year-old creep may finally achieve his dream of sniffing Taylor Swift’s hair–at least if 4chan has anything to do with it.
A contest organized by Boston radio station KISS 108FM is offering to send one lucky winner to a Taylor Swift show on July 27 and get their picture taken with her. When you register for the contest, you generate a unique link; in order to win, you have to get as many people to click on that link as possible once a day until the end of the contest. Read More
In a stellar usage of the British people’s tax dollars, one Lancaster University scholar has actually spent time and brain juice identifying people’s main strategies for online trolling. After closely analyzing 4,000 cases of trolling, she compiled results that probably could have been predicted by any Instagram-using high school sophomore, or anybody who reads the Internet, ever. Read More
Mirror, mirror on the wall, which government department is the biggest troll of them all? It’s the Justice Department.
Business Insider reports that the ACLU received their FOIA request in regards to the FBI’s monitoring of emails, texts, and messages that were procured without a warrant. In reply, they received 15 pages that were completely blacked out, save for the DOJ’s letterhead and subject. Read More
Since the death of Aaron Swartz, there’s been an outpouring of anger directed at the Carmen Ortiz and Stephen Heymann, the federal prosecutors whose aggressive case against Mr. Swartz is widely believed to have led the Internet pioneer to take his own life. Read More
Even powerful attorneys are not safe from the ridiculous behavior of Internet trolls. Jim Letten, a Bush-appointed U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, resigned yesterday in the wake of a scandal involving two of his underlings who made thousands of anonymous comments on Nola.com articles. Read More
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is having the best week ever. After being nominated by The Onion as 2012’s sexiest man alive–and having the announcement subsequently spread across papers in China as if The Onion is a legitimate news source–the meme-friendly leader now has 4chan gunning for him. Like it did for the site’s founder Moot back in 2009, The Daily Dot reports that 4chan’s /b/ board is assembling to affect the outcome of Time‘s Person of the Year award. Read More
A group claiming affiliation with Anonymous posted a bomb threat on its Twitter account Monday, saying it plans to detonate a bomb in a government building on November 5. The threat prompted disavowals from other Anon channels across the web.
The threat was linked from @FawkesSecurity, which posted the following message on several paste-up sites, as well as links to a seemingly typical Anonymous video with a masked and suited figure gesturing as a robotic voice said these words: Read More
In recent days the FTC has announced a crackdown on a particularly pernicious type of scheme: Scammers who call you up, out of the blue, purporting to be from “Windows Technical Support.” They tell you your computer is lousy with viruses, talk you into giving them remote access, then charge you hundreds of dollars to “fix” it.
If you’re computer savvy enough to be reading this blog, you’d probably see right through this nonsense, but you’re not the target audience for this scam–it’s your unsuspecting, eBay-loving Nana.
Every now and then, though, they call up someone who’s a little more cognizant of how security works. Read More