Cyber security facts and fiction, issue 1
Issue: A lawyer in Uganda is said to be threatening Facebook for meta-data and user registration details of one TVO; who has made several allegations on his Facebook page.
Fiction: You cannot find out who posted what on Facebook or any other social network. That is a lie. It depends. Electronic records leave a lot of trail, which cyber investigators use to track down the suspect. Unless of course, the suspect is very careful and cover their tracks. Our earlier case we solved was an abusive image posted on Facebook. Of course our court order to Facebook fell on deaf ears. It was ignored. However, we downloaded the image and did image forensics on it, examining the metadata — including geo-location of where it was shot, camera type, etc and had a suspect profile. Note that, using proxies, pseudo-names and other cyber ‘tracks killing strategies’ work, only if one (suspect) is very sober all the time. Something too tough to do given that it is easier to find out the truth than hide lies. Too easy to reveal one’s identity, than hide it. That is a law of nature. And computers and mobile devices respect it well. To be continued.