Sunday, June 01, 2008

Link Trap

From here:
According to federal law, attempts to download child porn, whether successful or not, can result in prison sentences of up to 10 years, and a court found Vosburgh guilty of just that, “attempting” to follow a link, a link set up specially by the FBI to trap pedophiles.

Now, this is interesting for a number of reasons that should worry all of us in the IT industry.
Firstly, not that I have direct knowledge of such matters, but I've heard that roughly 90% of the explicit links on the Internet point to 'lolitas' link to 29 year olds in pig tails (some of which are women). The rest go to small stock pump and dump scams, but anyway...

The article goes on to point out a worst case scenario where a businesses server precaches an explicitly worded link trap, bringing the power of the Federal Government down upon your place of work through no one's fault in particular. This would no doubt result in the loss of some or all of the businesses computer equipment as part of the investigation.

However, my thoughts thought of the more malicious types who could engage in high cyber terrorism by spoofing a company's IP address block and then submit traffic patterns in line with what the Feds are looking for. I must admit that I would be at least mildly amused to see GEs or some other large company’s servers being marched out the door wrapped in yellow tape because some Chinese agent found a way to set them up.

All those looking to control the net apparently haven't learned that there's almost nothing more fallible than the Internet.

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