by Dr. Nuccitelli & Shadow on Internet Radio
Internet Trolls, Information Security and Shadow’s recently completed Troll Profile was discussed on Shadow Radio with Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. of iPredator Inc. Click on the radio image at the base of this post to listen to their show recorded on May 14, 2015. Included below is the definition of iPredator and the written response from Shadow’s Troll subject after he reviewed the final report. To download Shadow’s PDF paper, click on the PDF button at the base of this post.
For a full 120+ minutes, I was fortunate to once again spend time with Shadow of Shadow Radio discussing the Dark Side of Cyberspace. In addition to being one of the most knowledgeable InfoSec. professionals in the nation, he also is incredibly astute at understanding iPredator and the Information Age Dark Side of Human Consciousness. In a nutshell, I’m certainly glad Shadow is on the good guy’s side. Prior to listening to the show, download Shadow’s PDF Troll Paper and read here the Troll’s written response sent to Shadow via Google+ after they learned of what who they were attacking.
“Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly, ‘Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy; The way into my parlour is up a winding stair, And I’ve a many curious things to shew when you are there.” Mary Howitt, 1829
Troll Subject’s Written Reply
“+ṤⱧǠ ᴆŐƜ claps in corner and turns around in chair you moron, haha, you attention seeking idiot. You really think you’ve even slightly analysed me? Dear God you are dumber than I thought. That is attention seeking to the max, you consider trolls to be attention seeking when you do this? Dear God, you’re mentally damaged, please; I really want to know, what goes through the head of a person like you? Do you really think that posting one stupid conversation is really going to help you define me? I have multiple different ways of talking to people, different tactics, different accounts, different groups, different IP’s, different everything, I have different characters, do you not seriously understand there is no way to, I’m paraphrasing “destroy there PC’s, ISP’s and their entire lives” especially since other than censorship barely anyone of our members has spoken to you directly (well, perhaps some of the people who are in your group have, but they are kinda undercover)
Ok, yes I bought a web booter, but not for you, I’ve had a lifetime subscription with it for a long time, and the main reason I had it was for stress testing game servers that I created, but also to help out friends deal with actual cyberbullies and not just people who say mean irrelevant things on the internet which (let’s be honest) in this day and age doesn’t really have an effect on anyone that doesn’t let themselves be bothered by people like us, if you’re smart you’ll just block them, I don’t care how old you are, if you’re not smart enough to block someone you deserve it.
Believe me, I really wish you did bother me, but you don’t I’ve encountered people much more intelligent than you before and they never even got close to finding even an alt. account, you seriously can’t do anything to me, for fuck sake the only account that could have been used against me had all it’s videos deleted and completely wiped from the internet. I don’t care if you keep trying, all I would have to do is not touch this account again and you’d never even come in contact with me again (that you’d know of). Post this in your group, I don’t care, it just shows what an attention seeking little wannabe anonymous piece of scum you are. I don’t care if you reply; I probably won’t reply back, good luck in your wild goose chase.”
iPredator: A person, group or nation who, directly or indirectly, engages in exploitation, victimization, coercion, stalking, theft or disparagement of others using Information and Communications Technology [ICT]. iPredators are driven by deviant fantasies, desires for power and control, retribution, religious fanaticism, political reprisal, psychiatric illness, perceptual distortions, peer acceptance or personal and financial gain. iPredators can be any age or gender and are not bound by economic status, race, religion or national heritage. iPredator is a global term used to distinguish anyone who engages in criminal, coercive, deviant or abusive behaviors using ICT. Central to the construct is the premise that Information Age criminals, deviants and the violently disturbed are psychopathological classifications new to humanity.
Whether the offender is a cyberbully, cyberstalker, cyber harasser, internet troll, cybercriminal, online sexual predator, cyber terrorist, online child pornography consumer and distributor or engaged in internet defamation or nefarious online deception, they fall within the scope of iPredator. The three criteria used to define an iPredator include:
• A self-awareness of causing harm to others, directly or indirectly, using ICT.
• The usage of ICT to obtain, tamper with, exchange and deliver harmful information.
• A general understanding of Cyberstealth used to engage in criminal or deviant activities or to profile, identify, locate, stalk and engage a target.
Unlike human predators prior to the Information Age, iPredators include the multitude of benefits offered by Information and Communications Technology [ICT]. These assistances include exchange of information over long distances, rapidity of information exchanged and the seemingly infinite access to data available. Malevolent in intent, iPredators rely on their capacity to deceive others using ICT in the abstract and artificial electronic universe known as cyberspace. Therefore, as the internet naturally offers all ICT users anonymity, if they decide, iPredators actively design online profiles and diversionary tactics to remain undetected and untraceable.
Cyberstealth, a sub-tenet of iPredator, is a covert method by which iPredators attempt to establish and sustain complete anonymity while they engage in ICT activities planning their next assault, investigating innovative surveillance technologies or researching the social profiles of their next target. Concurrent with the concept of Cyberstealth is iPredator Victim Intuition [IVI]. An iPredator’s IVI is their aptitude to sense a target’s ODDOR [Offline Distress Dictates Online Response], online & offline vulnerabilities, psychological weaknesses, technological limitations, increasing their success of a cyber-attack with minimal ramifications.
ODDOR is a sub-tenet of iPredator, which posits that offline psychological functioning directly influences one’s online interactions. Whether someone is an online assailant, cyber attack target or both, ODDOR does not discriminate. ODDOR postulates that temporary and long-standing psychological states can significantly taint an online user’s behaviors and interpretations. Perceptually isolated, ignorance of the existence of ODDOR and experiencing atypical affective and cognitive states increases the probability of being targeted by an online assailant. In addition being at a greater risk of being cyber attacked, ODDOR influences an online user to partake in destructive and self-destructive online activities.
If a person is self-aware and reasonably healthy, their levels of ODDOR are less likely to become problematic. Just as self-awareness acts as a buffer between mental health and dysfunction, the same holds true for ODDOR. An online user’s risks of engaging in destructive and self-destructive behaviors are greatly diminished by monitoring one’s attitude before and during ICT usage. The ODDOR factors online users must be mindful of include
- Using ICT in an altered state of consciousness.
- Using ICT with an amplified sense of optimism or fatalism
- Using ICT to explore deviant or dark internal fantasies.
- Using ICT in a heightened state of distress, anger or carelessness.
- Using ICT with a medical condition that impacts intellectual functioning.
- Using ICT during affective states that are isolation or rejection themed.
- Using ICT during interpersonal conflicts and environmental stress.
ODDOR has minimal impact when an online user is cognizant of how others can misinterpret their perceptual biases and color the information they aggregate, disseminate and exchange. ODDOR poses a minimal risk when an online user’s faculties responsible for self-preservation are functioning properly in all online environments.
Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D.
Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. is a New York State licensed psychologist and forensic consultant. He completed his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in 1994 from the Adler University. In 1997, Dr. Nuccitelli became a licensed psychologist in New York State. In November 2011, Dr. Nuccitelli and his colleagues established iPredator Inc. offering educational, investigation and advisory services regarding internet predators, cybercrime & the darkside of cyberspace. In June 2013, Dr. Nuccitelli and iPredator Inc. launched their internet safety website, iPredator, and two blogs, Dark Psychology & Dr. Internet Safety offering site visitors an incredible amount of information, education and advisory services. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Nuccitelli has worked in the mental health field in a variety of capacities with various clinical populations.
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