How to hunt somebody down on the internet – Part 2.

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In a previous article, I covered the two other methods of attempting to determine the identity of an anonymous individual on the internet; namely using their IP address or applying an appropriate technique of social engineering. Here, I’ll be covering the third; what I call the fist analysis approach.

The first part of it will be giving you a necessary framework and some background for the technique, and the second will move onto the actual mechanics of conducting the search.

Back at the dawn of the electronic communications era, the best the equipment could do was send an analogue electrical pulse down a wire or later on wirelessly through what was then called the ether. Voice transmission was some way off but a system called Morse code was devised using agreed combinations of short or long pulses, otherwise known as dots and dashes, to spell words and therefore messages. Essentially we’re talking ones and zeroes…

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