Category Archives: Digital Deception

Digital Deception: Sockpuppeteers

Wikipedia defines a sockpuppet as an online identity used for the purposes of deception. The Urban Dictionary has some more colorful definitions: “A fake personality, usually a ‘friend’ or ‘sister’ created by a drama queen/king for the sake of defending … Continue reading

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Digital Deception: Is Uncle Sam a Hacker?

In April, AP broke the news of the latest bizarre twist in U.S. policy toward Cuba. Starting with a pirated database of 50,000 cell phone numbers of Cuban citizens, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) created ZunZuneo, essentially a … Continue reading

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Digital Deception: Astroturfers

There are times I’ve been traveling and looking for a decent dinner option, so I checked the listed local restaurants that got a five-star rating on Yelp. The last time I purchased a TV, faced with numerous choices that all seemed pretty … Continue reading

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Digital Deception: Do Your Viewers Have a Heartbeat?

One of the promises of the mature Web is the ability to track, to generate data about how many views and visitors come to a site and who they are. But with the availability of that data comes a vulnerability. … Continue reading

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Digital Deception: The Illusion of Influence

Let’s take a look at some of my recent new followers on Twitter. There’s @KieferBusby. I’d like to tell you something about Kiefer but I really can’t because his profile reads like this: “The most effective deal only for this … Continue reading

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Digital Deception: The Online Makeover

We live in a world where facelifts and hair transplants and tummy tucks are commonplace. Most of us know someone who has had a nose job or a breast enhancement. We endure these surgical or chemical treatments in the expectation … Continue reading

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