FBI posts fake hyperlinks to snare child-porn suspects

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FBI posts fake hyperlinks to snare child-porn suspects

The FBI has recently adopted a novel investigative technique: posting hyperlinks that purport to be illegal videos of minors having sex, and then raiding the homes of anyone willing to click on them.

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.

A CNET News.com review of legal documents shows that courts have approved of this technique, even though it raises questions about entrapment, the problems of identifying who's using an open wireless connection--and whether anyone who clicks on a FBI link that contains no child pornography should be automatically subject to a dawn raid by federal police.

Roderick Vosburgh, a doctoral student at Temple University who also taught history at La Salle University, was raided at home in February 2007 after he allegedly clicked on the FBI's hyperlink. Federal agents knocked on the door around 7 a.m., falsely claiming they wanted to talk to Vosburgh about his car. Once he opened the door, they threw him to the ground outside his house and handcuffed him.



http://www.news.com/8301-13578_3-9899151-38.html?tag=nefd.lede
 
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GreatLakes said:
They both work for me.
You're posting garbage links again:

"mhtml:{BD4AA326-E87E-4D9D-B513-0D10CB956C6A}mid://00000041/!x-usc:http://www.news.com/8301-13578_3-9899151-38.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20"
 

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slicerwizard said:
You're posting garbage links again:

"mhtml:{BD4AA326-E87E-4D9D-B513-0D10CB956C6A}mid://00000041/!x-usc:http://www.news.com/8301-13578_3-9899151-38.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20"
It must be the NSA attaching an HTML tracer to my posts! ;)

I fixed it. Sorry.
 

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Austin4Wyo said:
You could also just quote the article with the link. That's always helpful.
Done!

I've been trying to do that more, but some of the links have legal mumbo-jumbo, claiming you can't do that. I'm not that worried about it, but I don't want to bring grief down on RR, or Lindsay with some copyright infringement charges. In addition to that, some of the stories are quite long.
 

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I usually stay out of these kind of things but I found this while researching the 'rest of the story':

"Last spring, a Delaware County man known to own about 20 guns held off FBI agents for 27 minutes while he destroyed much of the evidence they sought. The agents, aware of the weapons, did not immediately force their way in.

The suspect, Roderick Vosburgh, a former college instructor and police dispatcher, was found guilty in November on child-pornography charges."

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http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20080201_The_photos_that_led_to_deadly_raid.html

It seems like the Professor is not quite so blameless.

See also:
http://www.lasalle.edu/collegian/features/articles/06/sept13/prison.html

It looks like he will have lots to do while in prision!
 
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I'll be danged if I'm gonna punch a link for a story about links that'll get the FIB knock knock knocking.

A little HTML knowledge can be a dangerous weapon.
 

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Soakers said:
I'll be danged if I'm gonna punch a link for a story about links that'll get the FIB knock knock knocking.

A little HTML knowledge can be a dangerous weapon.
You just did! :wink:
 

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Soakers said:
I'll be danged if I'm gonna punch a link for a story about links that'll get the FIB knock knock knocking.
Haha. This brings up another good question - how do they prove that the link you clicked on was the one that they had advertised as child porn? What if that link had been reposted in a forum, such as RR, and someone clicked on it?
 

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SIGG said:
Haha. This brings up another good question - how do they prove that the link you clicked on was the one that they had advertised as child porn? What if that link had been reposted in a forum, such as RR, and someone clicked on it?
My concern is that you could even be redirected there when you click on something totally different.
 

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It could even be set up as an html email, that opens the page when the email is simply viewed. Something like that could be misused very easily.
 

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SIGG said:
... how do they prove that the link you clicked on was the one that they had advertised as child porn? What if that link had been reposted in a forum, such as RR, and someone clicked on it?
Not to worry. They'd understand the honest error.
They're professional investigators who seek only the truth, not a rush to judgement.
 
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LOL thats when i saw a link that said... here try this one it worked for me... i actually thought that it was a link to the site... but then read it and realized.
 

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"It could even be set up as an html email, that opens the page when the email is simply viewed."

Not if you do as I do, set your reader to display in plain text. Any embedded files will show up as attachments you can chose to open or not. Just a little helpful security advice, you never know what may jump out and bite you unless you can see what it is first.

"They're professional investigators who seek only" convictions, feathers in their caps to further their political careers.
 
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