Hack To The Future
July 10, 2012 10:02 AM Subscribe
Hackerfilter: How difficult would it be for a government agency to forge a data trail that goes back several years? Specific (fictional) example inside.
posted by roger ackroyd to computers & internet (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Remember when Julian Assange's OkCupid profile
turned up? I've been curious whether a third party could fake something like that. I assume getting into OkCupid's system would be easy enough if one had the resources, but what about creating a convincing data trail that goes back several years?
Think of all the data that OkCupid collects: a user's login, IP address, his quiz answers, his likes/dislikes, his conversations with other members.
Could a fabricated version of that data be placed on OkCupid's servers in such a way that a forensic investigator checking it out would believe that it had been there for several years?
This is purely speculative. I don't have any reason to believe the Assange profile was faked.