Levels of cyber anonymity
As we discussed earlier, cyber anonymity is trying to hide your identity without hiding the action. The meaning of being anonymous is hiding your identity but your actions still being visible. Back in 1996, there was a paper published in the Journal of Universal Computer Science by Bill Finn and Hermann Maurer, who were from the computer science department at the University of Auckland. It first introduced the levels of anonymity (https://www.jucs.org/jucs_1_1/levels_of_anonymity/Flinn_B.pdf). This paper introduced multiple levels of anonymity. According to the paper, networked computer systems required multiple levels of anonymity. The paper explains five levels of anonymity, but these levels were introduced in 1996, so it does not provide categorization for the techniques and tactics used today. However, it establishes a few points to continue our discussion.
The various levels of cyber anonymity are as follows:
- Level 5 – Super-identification...