Mall Cops Catfished Black Lives Matter Activists on Facebook

Security at the Mall of America created fake Facebook profiles to snoop on political activists. Documents obtained by The Intercept show how glorified mall cops catfished Black Lives Matter protest participants by making up a fictional activist persona called "Nikki Larson" and befriending them on Facebook. » 3/18/15 11:40am 3/18/15 11:40am

Confessions of a Slightly Sociopathic AOL Catfish 

When I was 15, hanging out with my friend Melissa* on a Friday night was a feat that defied the laws of popularity. We'd been close friends since fourth grade—we both loved books and Fiona Apple—but she'd risen above me in the social hierarchy by joining an exclusive clique of popular girls who called themselves The… » 2/24/15 2:30pm 2/24/15 2:30pm

Hackers Posed as Hot Girls on Skype to Steal Intel From Syrian Rebels

It's kind of the oldest trick in the book. Catfishing is where you pretend to be someone you're not online so that you can trick someone else into doing something. And based on a new report, this is exactly how pro-Assad hackers have been robbing intel from opposition forces: They've been posing as hot girls on Skype » 2/02/15 11:25am 2/02/15 11:25am

Have You Ever Been Catfished or Impersonated Online? 

Catfishing is what we call it when people lie about their identity online. It's unsettling, and it happens often: Last week, I wrote about how the DEA catfished drug dealers on Facebook by impersonating a woman arrested on drug charges. Today, Jezebel covered a disturbing story about a woman named Ellie Flynn who… » 1/26/15 3:30pm 1/26/15 3:30pm

DEA Used a Woman's Private Photos to Catfish Drug Dealers on Facebook

The U.S. government is neck-deep in creeptastic digital impersonation schemes. The Justice Department just paid a woman $134,000 in a settlement after she sued them for stealing her private pictures to set up a fake Facebook profile in her name so that DEA agents could catfish drug dealers. » 1/20/15 6:12pm 1/20/15 6:12pm

The Psychology of Catfishing, From Its First Public Victim

The internet didn't invent the concept of people not being who they say they are. It simply gave them a better vehicle, and gave these deceivers a name: catfish. That term came into our consciousness first in a documentary, followed by a TV series, and now it's a book. You may be wondering why. » 9/02/14 1:17pm 9/02/14 1:17pm