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Originally posted by slaves2012
off-topic post removed to prevent thread-drift
Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
You notice the only one saying they came after him one year after the fact is the suspect himself? The feds themselves haven't commented or issued any press release, so it could be they came after him right after he did the deed.
I'm guessing he fell into a fed sting, they do place illegal material online, then "trap and trace" anyone who obtains it. It was probably a well labeled file, "13 year old lolita" for instance, then they sat back and snagged every IP of anyone trying to download it. They don't necessarily have to go and arrest you right away, they probably were waiting to conclude their sting before going around and sweeping up all their suspects. I imagine they were going after the more prolific downloaders of child porn first, and just worked their way down the list. This case is a lot like those MPAA cases where they sue someone for sharing/downloading a movie or song. How do they get the downloader's IP? Because the original shared file came straight from one of the studios/artists lawyers as a sting (when going after downloaders), or was P2P'd to them (when going after sharers). I think they need to be the ones sharing, seeding, or dl'ing that file to make it evidence.
As a side note, if you're using any file-sharing services, it's a real good idea to routinely clean your HDD. Simply deleting a file doesn't remove it from your disk, and feds/police have forensic software that can recover anything. Your best bet is to use a tool like BC Wipe (it writes 0's and 1's over your data), and reformat and reinstall your OS. If you wanted to be truly safe on the web and not leave any traces of your surfing activity, use one of the flavors of Linux Live Disk installed to a CD or flash drive, once you remove the CD or flash, all traces of your web activity are gone.
[edit on 6-12-2009 by Blackmarketeer]