List of techniques to catch cyber criminals by law enforcement
- It is been said that 60% to 70% of the illegal files being shared on the Internet is by the very people these criminals don't want anything to do with - THE POLICE. Police setup their own server from which these files are served from. So, naturally if you were to download these files, police server will not only allow you to download the files but also log your IP address to your computer. Thereby, they find out who downloaded what.
- Another trick is simply police joining the "swarm" or group downloading illegal files pretending to be one of them wanting to break the law. As is the case with downloading files with torrent. For each and every files being shared (uploading and downloading) group of people (swarm) log into each others torrent program. In so doing, they all share the same files between each other downloading and uploading. Well, there is no telling that one of the people in the "swarm" is a police. Often time you can almost bet there is a police in the swarm watching. They take note of all the IP addresses in the swarm and go knocking on people doors.
- Some people also forget that two form of most used communication on the Internet is heavily monitored and logged by their Internet Service Provider (ISP). Two mainly being the HTTP traffic or web surfing and emails. As we all know, ISP has their own terms and policies to which their customers suppose to adhere to when using their network for the Internet communication. Well, when someone steps out of line by visiting illegal websites or sending or receiving illegal files through emails, their ISP probably will notify the police. But because ISP is into making money not policing their customers, they more often than not they will look the other way but as I said if it gets out of hand they most certainly will get you in trouble.
- Just like setting up their own server, police also set up their own websites and/or forums with illegal content for people to view and download. These websites are not like widely popular websites like Google or Amazon, which are easily accessible. One would need to hunt for these websites or go out of their way to find them. If and when they do, their Internet IP address is logged. Naturally, you know what will probably happen next right. LOL.
- Still, police also use another simple technique to catch these criminals. The Internet is not only popular for sharing files but also socializing - mainly chatting. Because chatting is popular on the Internet, police also figure that criminals do lurk in these medium looking to commit crime. So, just like with other tricks, police join chatrooms pretending to be someone they are not. Naturally, these criminal get caught in the sting operation by the police and get arrested. I am pretty sure we all know what I am talking about. It is just like the guy who drove from California to Pennsylvania to meet up with 14 year old young lady for sex. Well, I am pretty sure he was surprised and shocked at the same time when he found out that the police not the 14 year old waiting for him.
Be safe on the Internet and enjoy surfing.