In this day and age information has the ability to set you free, however it also has the power to land you behind bars. As the Information Age has progressed we’ve seen people from around the world use the Internet to communicate, learn, and better themselves in a variety of ways while others on the opposite end of the spectrum are using such access for malicious purposes.
Rihanna is one of many celebrities that have received social media threats over the past few years, and in April an individual posted a “selfie” photo outside of her former residence. The next day he tweeted: “Should of killed @rihanna a minute back I would be good right now. Sorcery is a weapon I use guns, bout to get a gun license, can’t use my hands.” This is a prime example of how access to information can and does put celebrities at risk, and it also highlights the need for geolocation monitoring to identify potential threats.
According to an article posted by TMZ on July 13th, “LAPD will scour the records of someone who goes by Alex Mercer and Ralph Alexander on Twitter and Yahoo.” Other news outlets, including Daily Mail and Just Jared, have reported the same.
Just as access to information gave this individual details on Rihanna that allowed credible threats to be made, it has granted Soteria Intelligence information on who he really is and what his motive may be.
Within one hour of starting our research we obtained the below photo through a public profile on a social network. We concealed the address, driver’s license number, and other information.