Identifying 'anonymous' email authors

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by lotuseclat79, Mar 9, 2011.

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  1. lotuseclat79

    lotuseclat79 Registered Member

    Jun 16, 2005
    Identifying 'anonymous' email authors.

    -- Tom
  2. I no more

    I no more Registered Member

    Sep 18, 2009

    Ha ha ha ha ha.

    My first good laugh of the day.

    Thank you for that. 80 to 90% accuracy as long as they have the correct IP address, with no mention of proxies or Tor. Well I guess you have to learn to roll over before you can crawl. :D
  3. nix

    nix Registered Member

    Sep 22, 2010
    And no linguist :oops:. At least I hope not. Because that study's a disgrace.
  4. chronomatic

    chronomatic Registered Member

    Apr 9, 2009
    From the article:

    So, this guy with a PhD actually thinks this is somehow new? This type of analysis has been going on long before the Internet. Indeed, it was what lead to the apprehension of the Unabomber (his brother recognized his writing style, grammar, idioms and expressions etc.). I was expecting this to be some novel method of cracking remailers or proxies.

    Moreover, I am no lawyer, but I am skeptical this would be acceptable evidence in a court of law. Merely saying "this e-mail has the same misspellings present in other e-mails written by the suspect, therefore this e-mail must have also been written by said suspect." I don't think that will fly very well with jurors. It might be helpful for Police in investigations, but using this as evidence in itself is rather shaky (much like a polygraph, for instance).
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