reply to post by SilentKoala
Ok, well first you need to understand something...
There ARE people who come here that don't believe what you believe and, like you, feel the need to express their views.
There ARE people who come here specifically to spread crap
There ARE sockpuppets. Fake online identities controlled by a person or a group of people, making it appear to be many separate individuals.
Your idea would work for the first two groups, but those aren't paid disinfo agents, they are just people like you. Your method will do nothing to
address the sockpuppets.
This is how I would run a sockpuppet. I'd either buy access to, or create my own, botnet. The more infected machines the better, this way I can
route my traffic around and you'll never be able to pin point the origin, all you would find is randomly distributed IPs from across the globe, all
of them unsuspecting victims in my campaign.
You need to define "disinfo agents" because most of the people being called that here are just people with different views.
If a disinfo campaign was being run against a site like ATS, it would more than likely involve a group of accounts spreading the same talking points
over most threads on a subject, or a similar group of accounts attempting to get threads derailed or shutdown.
ATS does generate some content, but this is mostly from a handful of people and the quality of the content speaks for itself. True disinfo works
closer to the source of what we are trying to discuss. A lot of those questionable blogs? That's disinfo. The people spreading the links though,
might not actually be part of it knowingly.
Let me tell you this, from cleverbots and chatbots, and my recent experience with a compromised MSN account... some of these scripts can hold a
convincing conversation for a little bit. And that's chatting in real time, when you are talking forum posts, well, with the right coding it would
be hard to detect.
Forget IPs. That's worthless for various reasons if you understand networking.
You want to spot the true disinfo? You need some type of pattern analyzing algorithm to parse all ATS posts as well as other top conspiracy forums
and blogs. You need something that can see the patterns in the content, posting times of the content, and the way the content is being presented.
Think along the lines of the FBI being able to tell things about you by your handwritting, but instead, this is directed at a massive amount of data
to see if patterns emerge, this still won't lead you to the source directly, but this would allow you to identify the disinfo as it becomes
available. You'd be able to notice the patterns as they start to develop. You could isolate the accounts promoting and distributing the BS.