Trolling an EFF activist

Boing Boing: Mysterious “lawer” threatens to sue over Bad Samaritan story

This is hilarious.
Someone is trying to troll Cory Doctorow of the EFF over an article he posted on Boing Boing.

The troll has been claiming to be a Queens Council[sic] in Canada and that he will sue for slander.

The guy is an obvious idiot.
Cory Doctorow is a well known activist for the EFF so he knows how to defend his right to free speech and privacy online.
As an EFF activist he knows quite well how to trace a toll email back to it’s source.
And as a Canadian activist he knows quite well about the Canadian legal system too.

It did not take long for him to trace the culprit of the troll email and post another artilce with most of the idiots details on-line.

He also got definitive proof that the guy is not who he claims to be and that he is technically breaking Canadian law by pretending to be a lawer[sic].

If you try and go to the trolls website you amusingly get the following message:

The web site you are trying to access has exceeded its allocated data transfer.

Indicating that the huge readership of Boing Boing has effectively performed a DDOS type attack by just innocently visiting. 😉

Cory also had to post a screen capture of the Canada Kicks Ass website that the troll is a member of as he has changed his details and amusingly now puts his real name as Cory. 🙂

Now I am going to post a simple

how-to: Troll

  1. know your taget:How tech savvy are they, how law savvy are they, how savvy are their best mates?
  2. be anonymous: use an anonymous email service, like yahoo, google et al, only use it for this troll, make it totally discardable, use a public access point such as WiFi node of Internet Cafe.
  3. Spell correctly: bad spelling makes you look dumb and also makes it obvious you are a troll.
  4. JUST DON’T TROLL!: You will ALWAYS get found out! It just aint worth it.

2 thoughts on “Trolling an EFF activist

  1. Keitaro says:

    Ok. A quicky just for you!

    HOW-TO: Not believe the trolls.
    Someone sends you a nasty, threatening email in legalese, what do you do.
    Check the headers!: All emails have email headers that tell you where they are really from.
    Use Google: Search for the alledged legal eagles on Google. If they are guenuine they should have something written about them. Also if they are fake you might find some info as well!
    Check the contact info: A guenuine law firm will also include contact information other than just the email address.
    They are required to give you, in most jurisdictions, a way of contacting them via written mail, such as an address or a fax number, and also a telephone number. This is so that your legal representative can contact them as regards to any pending proceedings.
    If they have not furnished this then it is more than likely indication of a fake.
    Know your rights: Even after all this it might be a guenuine law firm after an easy litigation case. [Especially if it is in the US].
    In this case make sure you know your on-line civil liberties by checking out the relevant pages on the EFFs website. All that it might take to deflate their case is a letter from your lawyer pointing out the relevant laws.


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