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(Gizmodo)   Feds track down notorious hacker via: A. Deep network forensics, B. Face and voice recognition software, C. Googling his username   (gizmodo.com) divider line 33
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2012-12-14 01:28:49 PM
You mean like "bradass86"?

Heh, Nerdo seems common, but not really. It's not in reference to anything, so nobody is really using it. If you really want a hacker name you can hide behind, use AcidBurn, ZeroCool, or any other handle from that terrible movie.

Also, change your damn nick if you're going to something illegal.
 
2012-12-14 01:34:42 PM
I've been doing this for years on various trolls I encounter. Even if they use a common user name, other details will usually give them away. For example, quotes in signatures, their interests, and so on.

Sometimes they give away identifying details in past posts as well; searching their posting histories on websites will give that away.

Sooner or later, you end up on their Facebook or MySpace page.
 
2012-12-14 01:47:16 PM
OR the feds tracked him down using Carnivore-like surveillance software, or other quasi-legal methods, and instead of trying to justify that in court they retrospectively built a case against him using public information.
 
2012-12-14 01:50:49 PM
They should have created a graphical user interface using Visual Basic to track his IP.
 
2012-12-14 01:59:58 PM
This is why I always tape the phones together in Grand Central Station so they can't find me while I spin around in my glass phonebooth doing "hacking" stuff.
 
2012-12-14 02:00:24 PM
So...he dun goofed and got backtraced?
 
2012-12-14 02:03:09 PM

Glitchwerks: I've been doing this for years on various trolls I encounter. Even if they use a common user name, other details will usually give them away. For example, quotes in signatures, their interests, and so on.

Sometimes they give away identifying details in past posts as well; searching their posting histories on websites will give that away.

Sooner or later, you end up on their Facebook or MySpace page in their shower.


Or is that just me?
 
2012-12-14 02:28:49 PM
I love it when these clowns get bagged. "Anonymous" my ass.

What they imagine themselves to be...

media.tumblr.com

What they actually are

www.static.nextlevelgamer.com
 
2012-12-14 02:31:14 PM

Glitchwerks: I've been doing this for years on various trolls I encounter. Even if they use a common user name, other details will usually give them away. For example, quotes in signatures, their interests, and so on.

Sometimes they give away identifying details in past posts as well; searching their posting histories on websites will give that away.

Sooner or later, you end up on their Facebook or MySpace page.


Hmm.

favorite (Cyberstalker extraordinaire.)

/In paranoia purple 2.
 
2012-12-14 02:42:44 PM
you're doing it wrong...
 
2012-12-14 02:56:07 PM

rogue49: you're doing it wrong...


I wasn't being snarky.
I have only one question: Why the hell would anybody even bother?
 
2012-12-14 03:11:37 PM
It's amusing how ddos'ers are labeled as hackers. They're script kiddies, and the reason they get caught is because they don't know shiat.
 
2012-12-14 03:55:08 PM

Glitchwerks: I've been doing this for years on various trolls I encounter. Even if they use a common user name, other details will usually give them away. For example, quotes in signatures, their interests, and so on.

Sometimes they give away identifying details in past posts as well; searching their posting histories on websites will give that away.

Sooner or later, you end up on their Facebook or MySpace page.


Yeah, kind of weird that people involved in outright illegal activity aren't smart enough to lie on the damned internet.

Then, there are people that put basically the answers to banking ID verification questions on their Facebook profile pages, too, so I guess I should never underestimate human stupidity.

//How do you ever willingly enter your real birth-date into any form on the internet when you're younger than 30? You've had the internet your entire life, sigh. 
//Forum communities are only designed to be semi-anonymous in the first place, but everyone scatter-plots their location information like the Simpsons telling you what state Springfield is in anyhow, on principle.
 
2012-12-14 04:50:18 PM
This just in: most criminals are not very smart. Even tech ones.
 
2012-12-14 05:02:41 PM
Can anybody explain what those SY LEOs mean when they're talking about NICs? Looks like 'nicknames' given the context, but wth?
 
2012-12-14 05:15:25 PM
My guess is Network Interface Cards

They were able to trace some of the activity to certain computers and link the two nicknames via coming from the same computers.
 
2012-12-14 05:55:56 PM

weiserfireman: My guess is Network Interface Cards

They were able to trace some of the activity to certain computers and link the two nicknames via coming from the same computers.


I doubt it was that NIC - only way to track a network card is by the MAC address, which doesn't ever get past the router. Technically, the router has a MAC address on it's WAN port as well, which can probably be traced by the cable modem, but technically that isn't a NIC.

/never realized how many 3 letter acronyms there are in networking.
 
2012-12-14 05:58:24 PM

fang06554: /never realized how many 3 letter acronyms there are in networking.


They're called TLAs
 
2012-12-14 06:34:13 PM

Glitchwerks: I've been doing this for years on various trolls I encounter. Even if they use a common user name, other details will usually give them away. For example, quotes in signatures, their interests, and so on.

Sometimes they give away identifying details in past posts as well; searching their posting histories on websites will give that away.

Sooner or later, you end up on their Facebook or MySpace page.


There was a guy posting some family history here on fark. He kept saying he did not want to out his family so he was not going to use any names. Pasting his fark handle into google gave his full name. The details he posted confirmed it. I was going to point it out to him but I did not have the heart.
 
2012-12-14 07:28:03 PM
Google his username is the easy part. The hard part is creating a GUI interface using Visual Basic.
 
2012-12-14 07:30:46 PM

nytmare: Google his username is the easy part. The hard part is creating a GUI interface using Visual Basic.


Crudbucket got to it first.

But why are the feds using such crude methods anyway? Aren't they able to hack all IPs simultaneously for information?
 
2012-12-14 09:14:01 PM

BraveNewCheneyWorld: It's amusing how ddos'ers are labeled as hackers. They're script kiddies, and the reason they get caught is because they don't know shiat.


This.

Anon has a limited number of talented people. The majority are skiddies.
 
2012-12-14 09:23:54 PM

Olympic Trolling Judge:

But why are the feds using such crude methods anyway? Aren't they able to hack all IPs simultaneously for information?


Um... you don't hack an IP. If you mean monitor IP addresses the 133t h4x0r skiddie can always route through a proxy.
 
2012-12-14 09:33:34 PM

Odoriferous Queef: Olympic Trolling Judge:

But why are the feds using such crude methods anyway? Aren't they able to hack all IPs simultaneously for information?

Um... you don't hack an IP. If you mean monitor IP addresses the 133t h4x0r skiddie can always route through a proxy.


Pfft...maybe you don't hack IPs.
 
2012-12-14 09:41:04 PM

Crudbucket:

Pfft...maybe you don't hack IPs.


I DO SO!!!1111!!!

TRY AND HACK ME!!!111!!!!
127.0.0.1
 
2012-12-14 09:57:34 PM

Odoriferous Queef: Um... you don't hack an IP. If you mean monitor IP addresses the 133t h4x0r skiddie can always route through a proxy.


Oh, for the love of...
 
2012-12-14 11:06:16 PM

Glitchwerks: I've been doing this for years on various trolls I encounter. Even if they use a common user name, other details will usually give them away. For example, quotes in signatures, their interests, and so on.

Sometimes they give away identifying details in past posts as well; searching their posting histories on websites will give that away.

Sooner or later, you end up on their Facebook or MySpace page.


Interestingly enough, I do the same thing. However, it's not 'trolls' that I deal with, but kids who have no idea what a real troll actually is - so they continue to feed me. Kids these days try so hard to be the 'next big thing' in gaming that they cling to their online identities, making it quite easy to track them down.
 
2012-12-15 12:31:05 AM

SineSwiper: You mean like "bradass86"?

Heh, Nerdo seems common, but not really. It's not in reference to anything, so nobody is really using it. If you really want a hacker name you can hide behind, use AcidBurn, ZeroCool, or any other handle from that terrible movie.

Also, change your damn nick if you're going to something illegal.


Even better, shut the hell up about it on IRC. This is like the Facebook morons who commit crimes, photograph/video them, then post them on their FB pages. You can keep the same NIC forever if you omit the part where you go online and brag about what you've done.
 
2012-12-15 12:32:50 AM

DeathByGeekSquad: Glitchwerks: I've been doing this for years on various trolls I encounter. Even if they use a common user name, other details will usually give them away. For example, quotes in signatures, their interests, and so on.

Sometimes they give away identifying details in past posts as well; searching their posting histories on websites will give that away.

Sooner or later, you end up on their Facebook or MySpace page.

Interestingly enough, I do the same thing. However, it's not 'trolls' that I deal with, but kids who have no idea what a real troll actually is - so they continue to feed me. Kids these days try so hard to be the 'next big thing' in gaming that they cling to their online identities, making it quite easy to track them down.


And ... then what?
 
2012-12-15 01:48:03 AM

Olympic Trolling Judge: Odoriferous Queef: Um... you don't hack an IP. If you mean monitor IP addresses the 133t h4x0r skiddie can always route through a proxy.

Oh, for the love of...


I see your Penny Arcade and raise you a User Friendly.
 
2012-12-15 04:19:27 AM

jjorsett: SineSwiper: You mean like "bradass86"?

Heh, Nerdo seems common, but not really. It's not in reference to anything, so nobody is really using it. If you really want a hacker name you can hide behind, use AcidBurn, ZeroCool, or any other handle from that terrible movie.

Also, change your damn nick if you're going to something illegal.

Even better, shut the hell up about it on IRC. This is like the Facebook morons who commit crimes, photograph/video them, then post them on their FB pages. You can keep the same NIC forever if you omit the part where you go online and brag about what you've done.


THIS. Or host your own non-public IRC server for farks sake. If you're a 1337 haxx0r you should know how to do that.
 
2012-12-15 02:13:10 PM

aspAddict: So...he dun goofed and got backtraced?


He was probably only behind 6 proxies.
 
2012-12-16 02:28:37 AM

DeathByGeekSquad: Glitchwerks: I've been doing this for years on various trolls I encounter. Even if they use a common user name, other details will usually give them away. For example, quotes in signatures, their interests, and so on.

Sometimes they give away identifying details in past posts as well; searching their posting histories on websites will give that away.

Sooner or later, you end up on their Facebook or MySpace page.

Interestingly enough, I do the same thing. However, it's not 'trolls' that I deal with, but kids who have no idea what a real troll actually is - so they continue to feed me. Kids these days try so hard to be the 'next big thing' in gaming that they cling to their online identities, making it quite easy to track them down.


So essentially,you're an adult who gets his kicks hunting for inexperienced kids to torment and bully because they dared to interact with you during online games? That's behavior that makes Anonymous look intellectual and morally sound.
 
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