Internet mapping turned a remote farm into a digital hell | Fusion

But over the next several months, the calls and visits intensified. When law enforcement agents asked companies like Google and Facebook for the IP addresses used by suspected criminals and then mapped them using tools like this that relied on the MaxMind database, it pointed at the Taylor house. Amateur sleuths who spotted IP addresses used by visitors to their websites or on message forums were so convinced that the Taylor house was the source of their various problems that they created reports about it on Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, the Ripoff Report and Google Plus. (Even today, if you Google the house’s address, it returns a series of websites detailing nefarious activities.)

The harassment continued to the point where the local sheriff had to intervene. He placed a sign at the end of the driveway warning people to stay away from the house and to call him with questions.

Source: Internet mapping turned a remote farm into a digital hell | Fusion


  1.  This is why “vigilante” is a bad thing.  You’re not Batman, especially not if your only investegation is a single point of information. (The IP address.)
  2. Try the IP mapping; it gives a really exact address for me– except that the address is about an hour’s worth of driving away.

3 thoughts on “Internet mapping turned a remote farm into a digital hell | Fusion”

  1. THIS IS WHY WE HAVE A COURT SYSTEM PEOPLE! I know it has its problems (I’m probably aware of more of them than most) but does the above make it sound like vigilante’s are any better?

    That’s always been my method for grading a vigilante show. How much effort does it show the hero going to ensure he doesn’t snag an innocent. You want to be Batman, do the legwork to make sure you’ve got the right guy.

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