Friday, July 28, 2017

California official arrested on c.p. charges when service provider set up sting


Here’s another sting case, this time a California Deputy Attorney General, as reported in “Milo News”, story.

This time, an ISP or hosting company tipped off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  It’s not clear if the ISP itself could have screened for watermarks.vv 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

More teachers get arrested for child pornography possession, possibly by tracking from NCMEC


Local station WJLA in Washington continues to report arrests of school system employees arrested for abuse of minors or especially possession of child pornography.

A middle school English teacher in Fairfax VA, a young white male, was arrested for possession of child pornography, six counts, story here. This blog generally does not reproduce names of suspects until (or unless) they are convicted.

WJLA did not give details. But it appears likely that the offense was discovered by NCMEC by tracing IP addresses of downloaded watermarked images or videos, especially through P2P.  That seems likely because of the low number of charged counts in this case.  

I’ve had concerns that this sort of thing could happen with roommates or house guests or even Airbnb.  Comcast recommends owners set up separate guest accounts for Internet connections.  Verizon appears to offer OpenDNS, which can be used to prevent most unauthorized P2P.