Did you know that the unique little errors and style you have in writing can pinpoint you like a fingerprint, even in your anonymous online posts?  Join us as we discuss this exciting topic with Sadia Afroz. April 13, 2015

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Ep. 068 – Finding the Needle in the Haystack: Identification through Writing Style

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Ep. 095

Did you know that the unique little errors and style you have in writing can pinpoint you like a fingerprint, even in your anonymous online posts?  

Join us as we discuss this exciting topic with Sadia Afroz. 

  • Can you discuss the different methods to detect these deceptions by analyzing writing style?
    • Is it possible to detect multiple identities from a single email?
    • Would it be possible to do this with just a single email or would you need multiple?

 

  • I know you have done a lot of work in stylometry.   Your publication “Doppelgänger Finder: Taking Stylometry To The Underground” was quite popular amongst InfoSec news publications.
    • Can you briefly introduce the concept of stylometry and discuss how stylometry applies to information security?
  • So, analysis of underground forums can provide key information about who controls a given bot network or sells a service, and the size and scope of the cybercrime underworld.
    • Can you talk about some of the most prevalent findings here?
    • Does this apply specifically to web presence or can this also apply to  phishing campaigns?

 

  • In your article “Use Fewer Instances of the Letter “i”: Toward Writing Style Anonymization” Your framework defines the steps necessary to anonymize documents. Can you explain how this works?
    • What about for phishing emails where there are multiple authors? Is this something you are able to determine?
  • Can you speak about how you’ve found security and privacy to intersect with machine learning and the implications this has for the human element?

 

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