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[liberationtech] Anonymous blogger outed by analytics signature

Graham Webster g at gwbstr.com
Wed Nov 16 09:31:27 PST 2011


Jacob,

I think this is a little different, unless I'm misunderstanding. I wasn't especially clear before. What the article talks about is a sloppiness on the part of a blogger who wishes to remain anonymous but shares a Google Analytics account among the "anonymous" and other sites. So, the Google unique identifier is shared as well.

This just caught my eye as something that people are not usually reminded NOT to do when trying to write anonymously. 

Graham

On Nov 16, 2011, at 12:26 PM, Jacob Appelbaum wrote:

> On 11/16/2011 08:34 AM, Graham Webster wrote:
>> Hi Libtech,
>> 
>> Thought it would be worth pointing out this article that reports it's
>> possible in some cases to determine who runs a site because of shared
>> analytics signatures. The writer notes that this risk isn't found in
>> guides to anonymous blogging he consulted.
>> 
>> http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/11/goog-analytics-anony-bloggers/all/1
>> 
>> 
> 
> Hi Graham,
> 
> Torbutton covers this exact issue:
> https://www.torproject.org/torbutton/en/design/index.html
> 
> All the best,
> Jacob
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