It’s a witch hunt over on Orly’s blog.
A while back someone posted a rather nasty comment there including a death wish for Orly (that she be tried for sedition and hung). The Internet address (the IP address1) of the commenter was recorded and published. Another commenter looked up the IP address and found the geographic region where such addresses are found. They took the center of that region, looked it up on Google maps, turned that into a street address, looked up the street address and found out who lived there. Orly then took this email “research” and posted the name, email address, street address, and place of employment of David R____, the unfortunate person the dart thrown at a map of the United States landed on.
One is extremely lucky if the geographic location found in an IP lookup is within a dozen miles of the actual computer.
In any case, the identification made maybe has a chance of one in 20,000 of being right. (If this technique actually worked, we would have known the identity of Ron Polarik 6 months ago.)
So David R____’s personal information has been posted on Orly’s web site along with the claim that he made death threats against her. Orly has taken the information from an e-mail and turned it into an article on her site. It has been reported that Mr. R____ has been called in for an explanation by his employer (the first time he knew anything about this business).
This is part of a pattern of associating things based on the smallest of similarities, for example, the claim that President Obama has dozens of different Social Security numbers, or that David R____ lived within a couple dozen miles (maybe) of the real culprit.
I think what Orly is doing is criminally irresponsible. If David wants to sue, I’m in for $50 in legal fees.
1Any time you visit a web site, you leave behind an Internet address pointing to your computer. Of course, that computer address may change from time to time, and you may be using a public computer, or a computer in an organization where all the workstations appear to the outside as having the same address. Law enforcement can obtain access to Internet service provider records and often locate the particular customer belonging to a particular address. As far as public information, an IP address indicates a broad geographic area, and not necessarily even the correct city.
Note: the posting of personal identifying information on this blog is prohibited (excepting what may appear in official court documents in Obama-related cases made available for viewing here).
Note: while Orly’s blog is under quarantine for malicious scripts, I’m not posting links to her web site.