May 12th, 2010, 11:36 PM
I did read of an interesting case at the beginning of last year regarding a paedo ring in Glasgow, Scotland.Apparently these guys didn't know each other IRL but had set up a fake e-mail account that they were using as a sort of "dead letter box" to exchange their filth. Each of them knew the userid and password of the fake account, so could access it, and send attachments to it. Basically like sending a test e-mail to yourself.
The case developed when one of the paedos had computer trouble and took his kit to a repair shop, where a technician discovered the material he had on it and informed the police.
They had a look, and noticed an e-mail account that didn't seem related to the owner of the PC. They decided to monitor it and see where the traffic was coming from and going to.
As soon as they saw that most of the traffic was the account apparently mailing itself, they realised what must be going on. It was relatively trivial to trace from e-mail provider to ISPs to ISP account holder.
All but one of them didn't know about proxies and the one who did was quite sly. They also didn't know much about international law, and the fact that CP is illegal in many countries whose law enforcement authorities would not normally co-operate. So a proxy may well not protect you........just get you a longer sentence
This guy connected to someone else's unprotected WiFi node and did his dirty deeds from there.
Strathclyde police (Glasgow) checked this out, and quickly concluded that the owner's router was being used as a proxy.
Now, this is just a wireless connection to a router, so there is no audit trail. [Most people over here use a router that is provided free by their ISP/Telco, so there are very limited logging and security features, to cut costs]
Strathclyde Police are a very resourceful and forward thinking outfit IMO (although I have only worked with them on fraud cases) and someone thought of re-checking the evidence (logs).
They found that one of the connections to the paedo e-mail account ( a single instance) came from a major employer in the city. Not much good as you didn't see the actual device connected (even assuming he used his own, rather than slide into a videoconferencing room or whatever), and there were no useful logs still saved by the company.
But! taking the circular area of probability of the WiFi node's reception and matching that to the employee list of the large corporation gave just one hit............and guess what he had on his hard drive?
It only takes one mistake huh? But I don't really regard it as computer forensics rather than good, honest, police work.
Might I recommend this site as an interesting source of technological news?
May 13th, 2010, 07:51 AM
@nihil, I read that one all the time (theres a few of my angry comments on there posted as an anonymous coward lol), there's also:
And being in the UK I've got the BBC world news ticker hot-linked to firefox with all the latest breaking news 24/7, todays interesting topics include.
Apple's rival HTC urging an iPhone ban, Microsoft Office 2010 taking aim @ google Docs & last but not least U.S to give 1.5m to falun gong internet freedom group!
LMFAO @ Apple & HTC, there going after each other because Apple sued them over there OS saying they'd stolen bits from OS X, humph, not like apple stole bits from FreeBSD. We don't hear of FreeBSD screaming, they stole bit's of our OS, we're suing them for everything thats not COCOA based, but perhaps they should!
It's just Apple getting Anal over there touch screen technology, whilst there at it why not sue every manufacturer with a touch screen, samsung & alcatel to name but a few... Is X-Term found in Apple utilities folder made by Apple?
Last edited by EC_gh0; May 13th, 2010 at 08:43 AM.
May 13th, 2010, 08:45 AM
May 13th, 2010, 09:15 AM
Thats why I use a 29.99 One Touch from Alcatel, it's cheaper than what they offer has memory of over 2 Gb, camera, webcam, voice memo, modem etc...
Gotta love companies that embrace open standards developer.apple.com
Then a few years later find someone has taken a portion of there code and copied there idea (improving on the idea) and are just so quick to jump on the band wagon screaming "YOU CANT DO THAT, THATS MINE!!" LoL
Someone should take away there rights to use X11 that would fix there wagon!
May 15th, 2010, 03:56 PM
Actually it was a feature in the console to install another operating system. They disabled the feature during one of their updates. The problem is that during the initial launch they not only advertised it as a feature but they also proclaimed "this isn't just a console.. its a computer".
sony promptly announced its next generation of consoles would be Linux unfriendly.
This opened the doors to a double-wammy. They're currently being sued for beaking their contract by getting rid of advertised features. But since they also proclaimed it to be a computer instead of a console, all of the familiar computer abuse and misuse acts will apply to them aswell.
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