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Victim of social network harassment/stalking via proxies

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by theharassed, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. theharassed

    theharassed Newbie

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    Fellow blackhatters,

    This is a slightly backwards advice request. I appreciate the understanding of readers.

    Someone I know has been being stalked by a particularly persistent, unidentified person online for years. He uses massive amounts of twitter accounts (created with proxies or some type of bot) that tweet at her within seconds of each other for hours. He also spam messages her blogs, etc from various proxies. She sets networks to private until it stops, but then he will start again weeks later. The threats he makes range from rape & violence. I get that trolling happens and people can be obnoxious online, but this has went on for years and is really over the top.

    Obviously this guy using proxies makes him pretty damn hard to find. It seems to me that he is fairly knowledgeable on exploits/proxies/etc. Does anyone have any sort of clever idea to track back to who this guy's ISP is, his real IP Address, or anything like that? Obviously law enforcement won't be much help without being able to get around these proxies and figure out where this is coming from.

    Appreciate any advice and your all's restraint from posting silly, offensive replies.
     
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  2. evilclown

    evilclown Senior Member

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    Tell her little by little lure him to make contact with her over the phone make her try to lure him for a meeting. Bring him out of the computer realm and you will catch him.
     
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  3. lancis

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    Proxies or not, the police has the means to track him down. For example, they can request logs from all the ISPs at specific time frame and identify the IP that was connected to the proxy.
     
  4. Duffers5000

    Duffers5000 Elite Member

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    If he is actually threatening rape or violence then the police will want to get involved and have the resources to find him.
     
  5. erickishere

    erickishere Elite Member

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    Strong username to post ratio. Just call the po-po
     
  6. Asif WILSON Khan

    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Premium Member

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    OP, your assumption that Law Enforcement won't be able to trace him is incorrect.
    If your story is true then your friend needs to contact the police.
    I am surprised she hasn't already done this.
    Also it might be a good idea if she closed some of her accounts or at least kept them set to private for the time being.
     
  7. theharassed

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    The problem is that he got clever enough to delete his accounts that made those threats. She has recorded dates of when those threats were made (not sure if twitter can summon accounts they suspended and contents just for that purpose). Now he just sends things like "please message me why are you being weird" which she never responds to. I am curious how deep law enforcement would really go with just that, but the harassment is nonstop (even when her account is private he can still tweet at her, etc)
     
  8. lancis

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    Twitter/Facebook do not really delete accounts. So if you have the time and the account name at that time its more than enough to get the IP + some additional info. Next, if the proxy is local, the police can go request logs directly from it. If not, they will go the other way around and track those who connected to that proxy via ISP.
     
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    Seems we're not getting the full story here, how did this start initially? I doubt it was a completely random act.
     
  10. BuritoBandito

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    OP, here are 2 solutions: four chan or http://www.hackforums.net

    Detail your problem, and they will fix it.

    And if you do post your situation in these 2 forums, link us the URL cause i could use the laugh when they release the guys info.
     
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  11. evilclown

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    Well I live in Texas. I will lure him out and shoot him my self :D
     
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  12. theharassed

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    BuritoBandito -Will do.

    Phatzilla - yes, it is random. That is why it is especially strange/alarming- this guy must be a total nutcase.

    She will be filing a police report, but I am still determined to find outside help on tracking down this guy's ISP
     
  13. lancis

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    The let the collective mind help you? Post details here.
     
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    Police can't trace him down if he has a halfway decent setup, sb. who uses proxies won't be using only one proxy if he's doing sth. illegal. Proxychain trough a third world country and you're pretty much set. But police will be the only ones that have any chance tracking him down. You don't have that much power as a citizen and intelligence agencies surely will not get involved.

    That being said: Forget the technical route. Go social engineering on this guy and get as much info as you can. Also this is 90 % sb. she knows, maybe a ex-lover or something. You don't just pick sb. over the internet and persistently try to mess with them.

    You can also try the ***** route but they are not your army and they can fk up her life more than this guy.
     
  15. BuritoBandito

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    When you get this guys info through those forums, send him a pic of you dressed like heisenberg from breaking bad and then type out "say my name". Instill fear.

     
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  16. oscilay

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    Are you sure your friend is telling you the truth? I really don`t see why someone would keep doing this for years. He must have a lot of time on his hands. Either way, as others suggested already contact the police. What evilclown said in the 2nd post might work too.
     
  17. TimothyEyton

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    I hope you get the sorted out. I've never had to deal with any type of situations like this, but depending on the proxy service used, and how serious your law enforcement take this, they may be able to help you. If they are limited in helping you, then you may have to take matters into your own hand!

    Firstly it's a matter of getting their IP address. It sounds like this person is constantly digging through Google for information on this girl. So personally if this was my issue, I would create a webpage and index it on Google based on the targets name to try and lure him to visit the webpage. We're assuming here that the website is optimized with her name in a way that nobody is going to find it unless they are truly searching for her.

    It's kind of a shot in the dark and you wouldn't even have any concrete proof or even know if that person that visited your website is the perpetrator. However, it would be very interesting considering you could check server logs and statistics what the user is searching in Google to find the site, their IP address, and who knows, maybe he's not even using a proxy at the time because who would think they are at risk by going to random webpages they found in Google. Now that I think of it, you can even try to trick him into going to the URL by sending him a link or something. There might even be other ways you can expose the real IP address with Flash/Java.

    With an IP address, you can usually get a lot of details. Using a site like "http://who.is/", you can do a lookup on the IP address and see what company owns it the IP, where they're approximately located. It might be a big red flag if another local IP shows up that's not yours. Maybe an ex boyfriend or something. You should be able to pretty easily identify if it's a proxy. It would probably even tell you in the whois lookup.

    If you do only end up with a proxy IP address, it's not over yet The proxy server will probably have some type of logs containing the real IP address. The issue though it trying to them. If you're dealing with some sort of offshore proxy, then you're probably out of luck. Otherwise if it's somewhere's in your country, and your law enforcement is willing, they may be able to subpoena the host of the proxy for these server logs containing their real IP address, then they can just go to their ISP they can check who the IP address was assigned to at the specific timeframe.

    If you do get a real IP, and the police aren't very helpful, maybe you could try to make buddies with someone from his ISP who's willing to break the law a bit :) Then go break his legs! Ok, maybe not a good idea.

    As for deleted Twitter accounts, that shouldn't be an issue. These companies will usually save so much information for quite some time.

    I'm sorry for the trouble you're having and hope you get this sorted out soon. Also, sorry for the long possibly silly/bad advice. That's just how I would go about with this type of stuff.

    Edit: Whoops, I forgot about the part where you mentioned about her having a blog. So I suppose you already have an IP address to work with and already know it's a proxy :( Let's just hope it's not an offshore proxy. Otherwise, like I said before, sending a link and maybe you could look into some type of flash/java to expose his real IP.
     
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  18. TimothyEyton

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    I don't know... there are some pretty crazy people out there.
     
  19. theharassed

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    Sorry for the bump, but wanted to update you guys with my results :cool:

    After some deep digging in my friends old emails, I found an email from him that was a real email, as in the account he used to register a facebook and instagram account. From there, I was easily able to obtain his name, IP address, location down to the community, pictures, etc. He lives across the country from us and is what I would call 100% a stereotypical troll. A young (< 30) obese D&D type guy is what she was dealing with. Can't say I'm surprised. Apparently he is just a long time viewer of her blog and an internet troll that wouldn't be shaken.

    Anyway, now's where the fun begins. The police were notified with ALL of the info I gathered (practically handing them this one on a silver platter) as well as emails showing harassment. Investigator is currently in the process of contacting him and completing a protective order. Wish I could see the look on that kid's face when he finds out that he's not only caught, but facing legal action. Thanks all for the motivation :rofl:
     
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    Good work. Nice one. The guy will shit his pants.
     
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