Featured Articles

Intel releases tiny 3G cell modem

Intel releases tiny 3G cell modem

Intel has released a 3G cellular modem with an integrated power amplifier that fits into a 300 mm2 footprint, claiming it…

More...
Braswell 14nm Atom slips to Q2 15

Braswell 14nm Atom slips to Q2 15

It's not all rosy in the house of Intel. It seems that upcoming Atom out-of-order cores might be giving this semiconductor…

More...
TSMC 16nm wafers coming in Q1 2015

TSMC 16nm wafers coming in Q1 2015

TSMC will start producing 16nm wafers in the first quarter of 2015. Sometime in the second quarter production should ramp up…

More...
Skylake-S LGA is 35W to 95W TDP part

Skylake-S LGA is 35W to 95W TDP part

Skylake-S is the ‘tock’ of the Haswell architecture and despite being delayed from the original plan, this desktop part is scheduled…

More...
Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool is well known for its gamer cases with aggressive styling. However, the Dead Silence chassis offers consumers a new choice,…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 10:39

Boffins work out how to identify anonymous emails

Written by Nick Farell
y_exclamation

Good enough to stand up in court
Boffins at Concordia University in Quebec have worked out a way of identifying the author of an email by sniffing out patterns in their writing style.

Their research, published in the journal Digital Investigation, could kill off the days of anonymous internet trolls and defamation. Even if a troll works through an anonymisor and through several relay servers, their writing style will give them away. The boffins have come up with techniques that could be used to serve up evidence in court, giving law enforcement more detailed information than a simple IP address can produce.

Study co-author Benjamin Fung, a professor of Information Systems Engineering at Concordia University, in a statement that there had been an alarming increase in the number of cybercrimes involving anonymous emails. These can be used to transmit threats or child pornography, facilitate communications between criminals or carry viruses."

The downside is that the technique could be used to reveal identities of whistleblowers or others who have legitimate reasons for sending emails via publicly available tools for sending anonymous messages.  The boffins tested their system by putting it to use on over 200,000 emails from 158 employees of Enron, and were able to identify authors 80-90 per cent of the time.


Nick Farell

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments