Posted on May 29th, 2007 by Richard Catto 18,241 views
When I blogged about sa male prostitute last week, I trackbacked to his WordPress.com blog.
That displayed a clickable link in his WordPress dashboard. He clicked the link, and got pwned (owned).
When he clicked the link, he went to my server, which logged his access. Since I self host my WordPress blog, I have access to the log files. Upon inspection of them, I discovered his IP address.
The log files show that the person who was logged into his blog, clicked the trackback link to my web site.
Only the person who was logged into that blog could have generated the log file entries that I found.
He is not in Australia as reported by the Sunday Times and Die Burger. He’s here in Mandalay, Mitchells Plain, Western Cape.
So as you see, there are ways to unmask anonymous bloggers. No need for extra legislation – one just needs to employ a technically proficient person to track them down, preferably before they are alerted to the fact that you know about them via public announcements.
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