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How do sock puppets not get exposed for years?

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I had this question a while back when I noticed that I have been interacting with a sock puppet account for years, I wondered what made it so real?!

First, we need to understand

What are sock puppet accounts?

Sock puppets are fake accounts created to look real, you might think it is easy but it isn’t at all because you will need to act with that fictional character’s personality everywhere on the internet, but…

Why would someone need a sock puppet account?

There are a lot of reasons for making sock puppet accounts let’s focus on the good ones

  • Privacy
  • OSINT Investigations

Of course, there are a lot of malicious uses for sock puppet accounts but remember that with great power comes great responsibility. Now that we know “why” we need to know “how”

How to make a sock puppet account?

1. Name, Address, Nationality, Gender, Height, Weight

You can use a website called “Fake Name Generator

2. Email

You can use any new Email with your fake name

3. Pictures

You can use a website called “This person doesn’t exist” to create an AI-generated profile picture

  • It doesn’t need to be a personal account it can be a page, news page, fan page, memes (This will depend on your target)
  • Make sure to choose a suitable platform depending on your target, maybe he uses Twitter more so in this case you should focus on Twitter

How to make it convincing?

  • The more details you put in making your account the more convincing it will become. (hobbies, job, favorite movies, etc…)
    It’s like when a writer writes the back story of a fictional character.
  • There shouldn’t be any connection between you and your fake account (don’t follow yourself)
  • Use it every day for a few months so it looks legit.
  • Make online friends.
  • Use Vpn/Tor.

Now that we know that we know what are sock puppet accounts and how we can make convincing “fake” accounts let’s see how famous sock puppets got exposed.

How do malicious sock puppet accounts affect us?

Sock puppet accounts affect public opinion for example in elections

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Noureldin Ehab

Written by Noureldin Ehab

I am nour, I am a second-year software engineering student, I am an AWS Community Builder, IBMz, and Microsoft student ambassador, if you have any questions you can send me a message on LinkedIn : )
https://www.linkedin.com/in/noureldin-ehab-a57940190/

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