After using high tech tools to collar the guy, they then give him a polygraph? May as well just get Madame Zeborski to read the tea leaves.
Dark-web deadbeats may not be as anonymous as they think. A bloke in the US was charged on Friday after FBI spyware caught him downloading child sex abuse material. Luis Escobosa, of Staten Island, admitted to Feds he broke federal child pornography laws by viewing depraved photos on a hidden Tor service. Unknown to Escobosa, …
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Hmm, that is weird. I never noticed the icon, I suppose I've seen them all so many times on here that they no longer register (fnarr fnarr!)
Just tested it and El Reg still have icon selection locked out if you select AC. And you can't call your account Anonymous Coward either. Must be a bug as you say...
Edit: Also just noticed the AC has removed his post. So now I guess we'll never know!
How did they do this when (as far as I know), Tor Browser doesn't come with Adobe Flash Player (shockwave) installed? Did this guy actually install it as an add-on himself?
Also, well done cops for revealing to everyone how you caught this guy! Any dodgy criminals (pedos or otherwise) reading will now change their shockwave settings so that your cunning plan won't work twice...
They know a hell of a lot mote about that than you. They know what crapto they pwn and have the infrastructure to effectively pwn it. Any and all raucous public protestations to the contrary are merely disinformation intended to subdue the plebs after that nasty Snowden man stirred them up.
so GREAT is my RAGE at quiet losers who view EXPLICIT 30-year old bathtub photos that I SURRENDER and YIELD any of my civil rights which NOBLE VIRTUOUS AUTHORITIES need to ENSURE THE SAFETY OF ALL THE CHILDRENS and so forth and such. BILLIONS of dollars are not too much to ask for. Childrens! Think of 'em! wharblegarblegarble
> (Now if the FBI could get as righteously and publicly outraged about the thousands of kids who disappear from the US each year.)
But that doesn't happen ON THE INTERNET!
Truth to be told GrumpenPlods snap very much into action upon missing persons, even for decades. Rule here is: case dropped only when person would be dead of natural causes (that assumed at the age of 100 AFAIR). I sincerely hope this is true for the US as well.
Actually, they're not, which makes this report rather odd. I wouldn't be surprised if the case gets thrown out on a technicality, provided he has a good (read: expensive) attorney to ensure that it's made clear that the FBI were the ones running the entrapping site.
What's going to be interesting is how the judge and attorneys argue out the logic of "whether it was an entrapping site or not, this individual was obviously not aware of that, and therefore had no reason to believe this was anything other than what it advertised itself as. That being the case, his actions are willful self-incriminations and the case will proceed.
This is one case that may well test the 'use of entrapment' versus the 'use of criminal-seizures to further catch/shut-down a larger group as a whole in a wide scale sting op. But... again, that'll depend on whether the defense can pony up for a good attorney to press the matter, and even then, the case won't go well for the accused. The IRC logs, in and of themselves are damning, and on their own can make for strong enough supporting evidence of the state's case as to convince the jury that the thumbnail cache was not simply left over from a random-opening of a site from say, a listing of all tor addresses that don't necessarily include descriptors.... something else the community needs to work on to iron out issues surrounding that sort of thing.
That's a really good question. What I can surmise from reading the news is that they won't initiate distributing child pornography (or at least never admit doing so) but when they find an existing site like this, they deem it acceptable to keep it running for a short time to catch the users... or one user anyway.
It still strikes me as both ethically and legally suspect, though. Even if you don't think of it as the feds actually doing the distribution (which technically, it is) they intentionally allowed what they tell us is a horrible crime to continue for two additional weeks.
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About a pedo unit within the met police. Very difficult work indeed I imagine l. My idea would be:
Pick a date, legalise everything up to that date
The government would host this material which you could access after registering with them
If you have x photos of x which aren't from the "official" list then very harsh penalties.
The benefits of this system would be that the government could very easily locate people of that inclination (obviously not the Mps), and could offer them services like therapy etc . At the very least you're saving after massive number of hours to pursue those actually abusing kids, and not just looking at photos of them.
Maybe it's too simple a solution?
I totally understand and agree. However, what options are there where the police can actively find those who are making the material? I feel that those who are acting in this manner are worse offenders. It obviously isn't the "best" system but I think that a system is better than no system and due to amount of man hours saved it could really go into fighting this material being produced on UK shores (if that is the case).
It's a really tough issue we face as a society but it didn't start with the Internet, but we could use it as as tool to highlight those who are into this sort of thing, and as I mentioned prior, offer therapy or other services.
Apologises for spelling and grammar issues, using my phone.
unmasking the scumbag
Rather emotive language, don't you think?
Given that we are talking about a country that had a shit fit over Janet Jacksons left nipple, and given that the article implies that the FBI probably has details on over 200,000 TOR users from this site alone, I have to ask if the author is actually a shill for a US three letter outfit that would like to discourage the use of TOR and other secure communications services by any body except themselves.
No more Arab Spring. No more Snowden. Of course it also means there could never be another Watergate.
Yes kiddy fiddling is a very bad thing, but no, it is not worth giving up your right to a private life, or giving free reign to governments to dictate what they think is good for you.
I have to agree with Paul. Starting off an article insinuating that darkweb users are deadbeats is a little distasteful. And the cheap language that follows does not mix well with what could have been an article with good IT content. Perhaps if it had been posted in bootnotes, it would have been another matter.
Privacy is for chumps. The only reason you think it necessary is because this system pits you against everyone else. Collaboration and information exchange will be the future. When we break the scarcity paradigm. Think FOSS and community efforts like FB. Oh look! AC here... That proves my point....
It is hard to know if you are being serious or facetious. Assuming for a moment that you are being serious, then you are completely entitled to your opinion and I agree that collaboration and information exchange are the future, but that is not mutually exclusive with respecting privacy. A simple example will explain my case: I want to buy a present for my wife, advertisers know my tastes and budgets as well as hers and so can suggest the perfect present. Cool, collaboration and exchange working well as I get what I want and they get a sale. But if the privacy of my transaction is not respected and she finds out about it before the day so ruining the surprise, then whoever betrayed that privacy will earn some serious negative reputation.
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I would rather that the FBI spent more of their resources trying to root out the people that make these images and upload them than spending so much time and effort trying to go after those that view the images only. Both are bad, but one is an actual evil where people are abusing real kids.
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