I think this is important information, especially since I am a member of many forums. Well, two at least.
This is an awesome link. I suspect this is happening CONSTANTLY in this country in particular. People with good intentions are brought down without even realizing it. It's a form of brainwashing. People are easily manipulated- while walking away with their chests out like they can't be fooled. Everyone who uses the internet should take a crash course in this stuff. Activists of all types as well. I like that law enforcement can use these techniques to catch real criminals- but I suspect it is used even MORE to bring down groups with GOOD intentions.
thanks for sharing this. many people know, but lose the awareness, that people on forums are not necessarily who they present themselves to be.
it's great that intelligence agents can find out information they need online to find criminals, but there are just as many criminals who use the internet as their data source to find victims. for that reason, it sometimes shocks me how many people on forums answer oddly "nosey" questions, or questions that could have been posted by wannabe identity thieves...or don't seem to question why someone might want to know that information.
sometimes i wish i could say to people: "DON'T post your full birthdates (or birthday in one place, and age in another) if you have photos or other personally identifying information posted. be careful about sharing details of where you live. use a different email address for PerC, definitely not one where you get emails with personal information in them. people sitting behind PCs cannot necessarily be trusted. some questions can be asked to try to determine what your passwords may be!" it always bothers me to see people handing out this information....potentially to criminals sitting behind PCs...i don't want to see anyone get hurt.
whenever people gang up on others and attempt to intimidate them out of a legitimate pattern of thought on forums, or harass them to get them to leave, this could be occurring. the multiple intimidators or harassers could even be the same individual operating as multiple members by using a variety of PCs. people should beware of the "gang" mentality on a forum.
the internet is FULL of posers, it is the easiest place for them to operate and prey on the naive. giving in to "peer pressure" on a forum could well be surrendering the forum to these people. chances are, the detractors aren't who they pretend to be, anyway...
This forum is not controlled by an evil person