When I found an impostor blogging as Ed Donegan, I went to search my email for correspondence from him. It’s been over ten years since Ed sent me an email, and I wanted to make sure I remembered everything correctly. Yahoo’s search mail feature also returned this Facebook profile of an 18-year-old Bangladeshi. This could be a bug, but I suspect something fishy is going on.
Searching the web for Ed’s same email address turns up things like the following archived discussion on network intrusion detection:
The problem with IDS via RMON, which this discussion almost borders, is that
a few things have to be true. First, the “intrusion” has to be noisy enough
to have statistical consequence. The heavy duty worms running through the
street blasting away with network floods or application hijacking en masse
might register on a carefully thought through statistical algorithm, but the
noisy ones are not where I would consider the challenge of IDS to be. That
assumption was listed early on in the start of the thread though as a given.
More troubling with this line of development is the challenge of trying to
define statistical concepts of network normalcy.
This really drives home my point about that blog being fake. Just look at the differences in writing style! That impostor was posting multiple times per day for the last several months, often very disorganized thinking, always poor writing. He did suddenly stop on the 9th of this month. Given his rate of posting, that is a significant pause.
The last email I really did get from Ed was in 2004. He sent it to a number of friends, asking us to warn a woman that police videotaped scenes of consensual BDSM between him and various women at the Bondage a Go Go nightclub. I didn’t know her, and figured someone who did might follow-up.