reply to post by KilgoreTrout
You may have missed my point.
My thinking is this.
If it is a hoax...
Do we think Maban would be loose enough to make a mistake that would raise a flag with the mods, considering crosschecking accounts and ip addresses
is probably a regular job for the webmaster?
Given the level of intelligence displayed by Maban in the thread, I would probably think not. If this is so, how was he identified?
If he is using multiple accounts, how come it has taken this long to pick it up and how did he get away with it for this long?
If Mabam is/was/could be again, fair dinkum...
How do we reconcile his claims of the super stealthy internet technology used by the Shards to communicate and the fact that ATS mods have been able
to identify him as the owner/creator of multiple accounts?
Something doesn't fit right for me, and I realise it is "about the message, not the messenger" but something doesn't make sense.
Also, it is not hard to match ip addresses.
The ATS webmaster would have access to the web server logs which contain the ip addresses of the computers where www requests originate.
Providing the ip and MAC addresses are not spoofed, all you need is notepad and a find tool. This can be correlated to the pages or url's or
username/passwd's that were supplied by the client machine and bingo you can tell.
It gets harder when you don't have a MAC or ip addresses, then you need to have access to systems closer to the target, like his ISP's logs.
Even then, if a dynamic ip, dial up type account is used under a false name, he could dial in from any phone line and even if the ISP's records were
available, all they would have is a location and a fake account.
(Provided he made sure his computer wasn't giving anything else away of course)
[edit on 20-5-2009 by afaik]