July 16, 2017

The Top 4 Worst Internet Trolls Who Got Caught

You have just finished posting your piece of mind on Facebook regarding a political article, and have now started to sift through your friends’ comments on the issue. Most of them were civilized–prodding maybe, but in a way that encourages discourse, while the ones who disagree with your viewpoint were able to provide an eye-opening perspective despite having different beliefs compared to yours–except for one: using a photo of one of your favorite cartoon characters, a stranger behind a pseudonym seemed to have found his way onto your status and is now trying to push your social media buttons.

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From ad hominem attacks to shallow arguments that don’t even make sense, trolls will do anything and everything to wreak havoc in your online space. Below, we list down the worst trolls that ever plagued the internet.

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Brenda Leyland

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63-year old Brenda Leyland hid behind the twitter username @Sweepyface to throw countless accusations at Kate and Gerry McCann, an English couple who lost their 3-year old daughter during a trip to Portugal in 2007. The Portuguese police had no qualms keeping the McCann couple under their radar, and social media followed suit not long after. From November 2013 until September 2014, Leyland wasted no time tweeting and sharing content that blames the McCanns for the disappearance of their daughter.

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Leyland overdosed on helium in late 2014 after being exposed by a Sky News reporter.

Dennis Markuze

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Known as David Mabus by the people he had victimized online, Markuze actually began harassing scientists and atheists alike through e-mail spams in the mid-1990s. In 2011, he joined Twitter and went after skeptics through messages littered with threats of beheading and mutilation.

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He was eventually caught by the Montreal Police in 2011 after harassed and concerned citizens alike started an online petition. However, in May 2014, his sentence was suspended after his psychiatrist concluded that he is harmless.

Charles Fitch

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Fitch was every eBay seller’s nightmare come to life. Under the guise of his online persona, Ebayisajoke, he published videos on Youtube that accused the online marketplace of being one big scam and its sellers as malpractitioners. He also joined numerous auctions with the intent to outbid other interested parties just so he can refuse to hand the payment and leave negative reviews instead.

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He was exposed in 2013 after a Fox News reporter hired a private investigator. Apparently, Fitch’s modus began when he was kicked out of eBay for failing to follow the site’s rules and regulations.

Andrew Auernheimer

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A firm advocate of free speech, Auernheimer hid under the pseudonym weev to spread white supremacist statements and hack multinational corporations. In 2016, he distributed thousands of anti-Semitic fliers through Internet-enabled printers across the US. These printers included those used by students in Princeton and Brown University. The printout clearly indicated the address for his Neo-Nazi website, the Daily Stormer.

Auernheimer is no longer a stranger to notoriety. In 2013, the black hat hacker and troll was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for illegally obtaining the personal data of over 100,000 iPad users from AT&T’s public website.

There’s nothing wrong with sharing a piece of your mind online as long as it doesn’t invalidate the opinion of other people. Learn to respect their space and keep in mind that even though technology has advanced, there’s no way you can hide behind it forever.