The Internet Police. How Crime Went Online and the Cops that Followed

The Internet PoliceAnderson is an editor at Ars Technica, a tech news website and his grasp of the technical intricacies of computer assisted crime shows. He’s better adapted to writing about computer crime than Glenny is. The Internet Police outlines various aspects of computer crime using real-world cases. In each event it gets into the how the police and/or judicial system pursuits and persecutes the crime. Chapters include cases on: Child pornography, extortion, fraud, spam and piracy. Sexploitation, blackmail and extortion using RATs (Remote Access Trojans).

Police lawful-intercept capabilities (over the wire) were granted by 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act – CALEA, other countries have similar laws. (Carnivore – aka packet sniffer; Interception Management System – IMS build into cellular switches, CIPAV programs used by law enforcement – Computer and Internet Protocol Address Verifier). An interesting point made is that while use of encryption grows, the police invariably are able to obtain the decryption key either through confession or via RATs of their own.

Fraudulent merchants and law enforcements ability to access the server (use of the Stored Communications Act – SCA in the case of Berkeley Nutraceuticals (the penis pill); SCA allows the government access to already existing stored messages and data and is much easier to obtain than a wiretap for future communications; basically issue an SCA to the thirdparty provider and they will maintain a copy of the target’s data even if they later delete it, then later use a search warrant to peruse the stored data).

Several chapters on spam email marketing and how it has grown more sophisticated both technologically and as a business (now a collection of zombie machines that do not rely upon a command and control server). Finallly the case on media piracy and how the recording industry has been unsuccessful in stopping rampant copyright infringement so has resorted to lobbying Congress to pass laws (SOPA) it needs to combat piracy.

(Amazon) The Internet Police

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