But it seemed the Jester, who has managed to keep his own identity secret, wasn't willing to wait for Twitter to take action.
"Only hope is a very clever SE [social
engineering] attack," he tweeted. "@z0mb13d I have a very particular set of skills acquired over a long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like u."
(Twitter refused to comment for this story. The Jester did not respond to a request for comment.)
Connecting the Dots
First, the Jester said, he looked at @z0mb13d's followers and quickly correlated them to a similarly named group in the Steam online-gaming community.
"Guy behind this despicable account >@z0mb13d is part of 'zomb13' gaming crew on steam, look at his followers, then look at steam," the Jester wrote. "How long b4 one of ur 'buddies' rats u out as pressure mounts?"
ANALYSIS: Hackers for Hire
Within a couple of hours, the Jester dug up and posted a partial telephone number belonging to a friend of the @z0mb13d account owner.
Around the same time one of @z0mb13d's first followers, whose account bore the same handle as a member of the gaming crew, closed his Twitter account.
An hour later, the Jester had linked the offensive account to an Indiana college student who worked at Dairy Queen and liked the horror-rap group Insane Clown Posse - and @z0mb13d had been suspended by Twitter.
Just as soon as that small victory was achieved, however, another threat to online decency presented itself.
Baptist Church, famed for picketing military funerals with "God Hates Fags" signs, promised via
Twitter to do the same at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Soon afterwards, the Jester posted another tweet: "#WBC #Westboro baptist church site .godhatesfags.com - seems to be experiencing 'technical difficulties'."
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