Linguistics identifies Anonymous users


Up to 80 percent of certain anonymous underground forum users can be identified using linguistics, researchers say.

The techniques compare user posts to track them across forums and could even unveil authors of thesis papers or blogs who had taken to underground networks.

“If our dataset contains 100 users we can at least identify 80 of them,” researcher Sadia Afroz told an audience at the 29C3 Chaos Communication Congress in Germany.

Function words are very specific to the writer. Even if you are writing a thesis, you’ll probably use the same function words in chat messages.

“Even if your text is not clean, your writing style can give you away.”

The analysis techniques could also reveal botnet owners, malware tool authors and provide insight into the size and scope of underground markets, making the research appealing to law enforcement.

To achieve their results the researchers used techniques includingstylometric analysis, the authorship attribution framework Jstylo, andLatent Dirichlet allocation which can distinguish a conversation on stolen credit cards from one on exploit-writing, and similarly help identify interesting people.

The analysis was applied across millions of posts from tens of thousands of users of a series of multilingual underground websites including,,,,,,, and

It found up to 300 distinct discussion topics in the forums, with some of the most popular being carding, encryption services, password cracking and blackhat search engine optimisation tools.


there is no end to the ways they can identify us now..even through the way you type and speak..they seem to be obsessed with anonymous..perhaps the genie is out the bottle and they cant put it back in?


~ by seeker401 on January 27, 2013.

6 Responses to “Linguistics identifies Anonymous users”

  1. thx Seek 🙂
    yes indeed&Don’t follow pattttterns

  2. I’ve been thinking that the government created Anonymous, and then they let it run rampant with hackers. Sorta like how we know they created certain drug cartels and let the criminals run it, willingfully knowing they did it.

    While they are obsessed with Anonymous, I think they are trying to prepare them as the next terrorists. The next enemies of the great U.S.S.A. isn’t going to be box cutters living in caves half way around the world. It’s going to be ordinary people that they identify as terrorists.

  3. great point Gary thx 🙂
    from the get go i have big doubts with this group the only part was at the start in the W est C oast was good all the undercover of sscientology
    imho probably lol that was legit after that some parts they’Hickjack still possible some members stay cool

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