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Evidence acquisition tools for cyber sex crimes investigations
Author(s): Jon M. Novotny; A. Meehan; D. Schulte; Gavin W. Manes; Sujeet Shenoi
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Paper Abstract

Sexually explicit Internet chat rooms are increasingly used by pedophiles to reach potential victims. Logging and linking suspects to chat room conversations and e-mails exchanged with undercover detectives are crucial to prosecuting travelers, i.e., pedophiles who travel across state lines to engage in sexual acts with minors. This paper describes two tools, a chat room monitor and a remote fingerprinter, for acquiring and preserving evidence. The chat room monitor logs online communications as well as screen images and keystrokes of the undercover detective. stored to allow the chronological reconstruction and replay of the investigation. The remote fingerprinter uses sophisticated scanning techniques to capture and preserve a unique fingerprint of the suspect's computer over the Internet. Once the suspect's computer is seized, it is scanned again; matching this new fingerprint with the remotely acquired fingerprint establishes that the suspect's computer was used to communicate with the detective.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 August 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4708, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Defense and Law Enforcement, (14 August 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.479292
Show Author Affiliations
Jon M. Novotny, Univ. of Tulsa (United States)
A. Meehan, Univ. of Tulsa (United States)
D. Schulte, Univ. of Tulsa (United States)
Gavin W. Manes, Univ. of Tulsa (United States)
Sujeet Shenoi, Univ. of Tulsa (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4708:
Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Defense and Law Enforcement
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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