May 12 • 1HR 1M
Episode 164: A Can't-Look-Away Nightmare Involving A Sci-Fi Writer, A Maybe-Formerly-Racist Cybersecurity Expert, And, Somehow, A Cabal Of Online "Opie And Anthony" Fundamentalists (Part 1)
A sci-fi writer meets the worst people on the internet.
Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires.
This week on the show, Katie Herzog tells Jesse Singal how a tweet about Norm MacDonald led to an unhinged five-year harassment campaign, and the woman trying to solve the mystery of who is behind it.
Jackie Singh’s HackingButLegal.com
Washington Examiner: “Senior Biden campaign cybersecurity expert participated in racist internet troll group”
Jackie Singh: The Swedish Connection: Unraveling America’s Swatting Terror
Vice News: “A Computer Generated Swatting Service Is Causing Havoc Across America”
Encyclopedia Dramatica on Patrick Tomlinson
Daily Beast: “Internet Trolls Have Tormented This Sci-Fi Writer for Years—and He Can’t Stop Them”
Patrick Tomlinson: “How Trolls Hack Twitter to Silence the Rest of Us”