Livonia, MI - David Rangel, a geek from suburban Detroit, suspects
that his online girlfriend, Tiffany Mounds, may be faking her IP
"I've been dating her online for about six months now. I got
suspicious when a lot of her comments in her code looked a lot like
those from that bastard Java coder Trent. So one time, she tells
me she's at home, and if I don't believe her to check her IP address.
She's a bit too free with that information," said Rangel.
other times she'd be like 'Oh baby, I'm coming at you from 188.8.131.52'
and I'd get all hot. Then later I'll check and find out that 154.xxx
isn't even assigned to her country. What's that all about?" wondered
Tiffany Mounds (not her real name) said, "David is so easily
fooled. He thinks 'ooh, me big hacker man, ph33r me,' but I'm playing
him like Diablo 2. He has no idea where I'm coming from. I have this
little dongle that I stick in my box and it automatically fakes it
for me. It's really effortless."
A recent survey showed that close to 48% of females were faking
their IP addresses on a regular basis. Many surveyed said they do
it for safety, so some 'loser geek' doesn't start stalking them.
Others do it to protect themselves from viruses. "You never
know where these guys have been pinging," explained one respondent.
Paul Koskey from Kenosha Wisconsin acknowledged that a lot of faking
goes on, but that it doesn't bother him, "Hey, as long as she's
a she then I'm not going to worry about it."
Paul's online girlfriend, Fred Smith of Saint Louis, admitted to
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