FBI uses fake domain names to snare child porn suspects

FBI sealThe FBI has been using fake hyperlinks that purportedly link to illegal videos of minors having sex, and then raiding the homes of anyone willing to click on them reports Declan McCullagh on CNet.

“Undercover FBI agents used this hyperlink-enticement technique, which directed Internet users to a clandestine government server, to stage armed raids of homes in Pennsylvania, New York, and Nevada last year. The supposed video files actually were gibberish and contained no illegal images.”

The FBI uses the IP addresses of the internet users, obtaining these via “administrative subpoenas to the relevant Internet service provider to learn the identity of the person whose name was on the account–and then obtained search warrants for dawn raids.”

To read all of Declan’s article including how the FBI has been ensnaring child porn users, some of the cases involved and issues around unlawful entrapment and Wi-Fi spoofing, see www.news.com/8301-13578_3-9899151-38.html.