When I was 17 I used MSN messenger a lot, as did most people my age back then.
I kept getting wierd invitations from e-mails like "email@example.com" and "firstname.lastname@example.org".
At first I thought they were just random punks adding me on MSN, it was quite normal back then for randoms to do so. Finally I decided to actually
converse with one. At first I thought it was just going to be a bot, giving me automated messages.
But, it wasn't, it was an actual person. I argued for a bit and then some weird scripture from the Quran started spewing through, it was all copied
and pasted, I could tell.
It got a little heated so I just copied down all the emails that seemed suspicious and went on the RCMP website, found a link to send an 'anonymous'
information / tips on leads involving national security in Canada. Said a little blurb about these guys, a transcript of conversations, and e-mails.
Now, here's the best part, I sent it, without an e-mail attached, no name, nothing indicating who I was.
About a month later I get home from school one day and my mother tells me I have a phone call, and guess who it was.
Yup, it was the RCMP. They found me, not only did they find me but talked to my father first calling him at his office, since my dad was in the
military they collaborated a little. I was a little wielded out, but after that I knew that if something suspicious was going on, 'they' can find you,
if they want to.
I should add.
What I was getting at is that these institutions and such have ways to find out everything about us, and using memes and what not could be one way,
planting viral campaigns and such using the information they steal from us, everything from what's in our emails, facebook, etc.
18-1-2015 by strongfp because: (no reason given)