Dopplegänger accounts are still a powerful tool for cyberstalkers

Starting in 2017, Joel Kurzynski started to make life hard for his enemies. According to his plea agreement, he targeted four people in particular — a man and a woman — with a sustained cyberstalking campaign, sending harassing spam calls at odd hours and over a thousand texts. As time went on, he got more creative, starting a dummy account with one target’s name and picture looking for “dom guys into treating me like crap.” He registered another target with with a string of weight loss programs, resulting in months of rolling emails.

The attack is a byproduct of an unfortunate fact about the online space: it’s very easy to sign up for things, and very hard to quit. Services like Scruff want more users, of course, and a rigorous identity…

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