Gotcha! A Spyware Sucks troll is unmasked
Somebody using the pseudonym "Malware Bastards" posted a not so nice message on my blog the other day - it said:
"sandi... you are so funny with all your posts and comments.
Regarding your IE great work:
Don't you understand that the best way is to get rid of using IE at all?
Because it contains so many exploits...
Use Firefox .... and also... find something else to do while you are fighting cellulite"
Now, normally such newbie trolling wouldn't raise an eyebrow - especially when the insult being thrown is at the very lowest end of the "oh you hurt my feelings" pain scale, but when the troller is reacting negatively to my anti-malware work I get kind of curious, so let's take a look at who posted that comment.
The IP address of "Malware Bastards" is 220.127.116.11.
A name server is at that IP address - ns1.hummerbonk.com.
PTR - server.super-servers.net
Now if you are a regular reader of my blog you may recognise the Robtex screenshot - yes, we have seen that IP address before .... my not so friendly commentator also likes to subscribe my email address to mailing lists....
I must admit, "Malware ***" is a member of the lower end of the gene pool - perhaps he/she had forgotted that his/her IP address had been revealed to me back in January, but I hadn't....
So, the question is, what do I do with this information, and how hard do I want to push the issue? Trolls on the internet are a dime a dozen and can be easily ignored, but the other activity - using my email address to create subscriptions to myriad mailing lists - THAT has interesting negative implications for the person behind the IP address.
Edit: a Web search for hummerbonk.com is interesting, revealing connections with older (dare I say old fashioned) malware - giving me one more reason dig deeper.
There's one thing I don't understand. Why was he/she so silly as to draw attention to himself when he/she must have known he'd slipped once already.