ReputationDefenseOnline announced today that is has dramatically expanded its internet investigation capabilities because of the growing need of companies and individuals who desperately need help tracking down anonymous online attackers and defamers. When interviewed, Chris Anderson PhD, one of the firms founders, stated that Internet Investigations would be increasing 30% over the next few weeks to handle the more the 250 requests per month that the firm receives.
One of the methods used to proceed with an internet investigation involves the use of web traps and IP tripwires. In this procedure, the ‘culprit’s’ digital identification is identified. This enables Reputation Defense Online staff members to monitor the activities of the person being investigated. Though there are a number of ways to accomplish this, the key to success is to track the attacker without his knowledge. Properly conducted, use of this method will catch the target while they have no idea that they are under investigation.
According to Mr. Anderson, the critical byproduct of the traps and wires is that when properly used, an amazing amount of information is collected about the target. Everything they have written and said is studied and is referred to as social engineering. The process is a bit like an undercover operation in regular law enforcement. In sum, once a ‘target’s’ guard is down and they have been presented with a ‘trap’, that is totally irresistible, it is almost impossible for them to resist, regardless of their sophistication.
In this type of internet investigation, the objective is clear identification of all known and unknown antagonists. It also includes capturing all information from IP addresses, ISPs, company websites and even social accounts. The information gained through this process leads to the firm’s ability to prove out a case by issuing subpoenas as necessary.
These subpoenas are used in a very special type of litigation referred to as John Doe litigation. As soon as it is known that any type of internet defamation has occurred, a law suit is begun. ReputationDefenseOnline gets hired by law firms, companies, and even individuals to help assemble an investigation and legal team that results in very successful outcomes.
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