I awoke this morning to find my account on Twitter (@briankrebs) had attracted almost 12,000 new followers overnight.
Then I noticed I’d gained almost as many followers as the number of re-tweets (RTs) earned for a tweet I published on Tuesday. Upon further examination, it appears that almost all of my new followers were compliments of a social media botnet that is being used to amplify fake news and to intimidate journalists, activists and researchers.
There are numerous psychological tricks for dealing with intimidating people and I’m going to outline the most important ones below.
We automatically put ourselves on the bottom end of the seesaw.
The more emotional intelligence one has the easier it is to deal with intimidation from others.
As a general rule, I have often found that the people I encounter who are aggressive, judgemental, miserable, rude or just plain horrid usually have a reason for being the way they are.
This likely was the goal in the campaign against my site as well.
“Right after my Daily Beast story about suspicious activity by pro-Kremlin bots went live, my own account came under attack,” Cox wrote.
Be careful with this though – I don’t mean you should put on a condescending voice and offer them a sweet!