As one of the Net’s most notorious trolls, the scruffily elfin 28-year-old is known for his provocations.
He’s the former president of the Gay Nigger Association of America (GNAA), a group of online pranksters who lived up to their offensive name.
Though geeks lauded Spitler and weev for publicly shaming AT&T into fixing the hole, the Feds didn’t appreciate the hack, and charged the pair with identity theft and conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
, a study was published that confirms what we all suspected: Internet trolls are horrible people.
He legally parked his car at 15th Street and Washington Avenue, but a tow truck operator put up a fake “No Parking” sign, took a picture of Wengert’s car parked by it, and then towed the vehicle to a mysterious location somewhere in the nether regions of Southwest Philly.
But that same anonymity makes it possible for people to say all the awful things that make the Internet such an annoying and sometimes frightening place.City Council members trying to control the problem must be realistic about dealing with ruthlessly competitive towing companies.Any hope that an honor system can work should be abandoned.Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response. They were looking for evidence that linked trolling with the "Dark Tetrad" of personality traits: narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and sadism. They found that Dark Tetrad scores were highest among people who said trolling was their favorite Internet activity.
To get an idea of how much more prevalent these traits were among Internet trolls, see this figure from the paper: Look at how low the Dark Tetrad scores are for everyone except the trolls!