Sunday, March 08, 2015

As law enforcement becomes more careful tracing home routers, it find actual threats are harder to trace


There is some indication that police departments now generally realize that home routers can be hijacked, and are more careful about jumping to conclusions, as in cases where child pornography is detected by automated monitoring, despite a particular case regarding a “house sitter” in Indiana (see my COPA blog, Feb. 14, 2015).
  
This issue is discussed on a site called “Cracked Writers” (link), as police are finding that tracking IP addresses isn’t a reliable way to determine the source of Internet threats (or of recruiting efforts, as in the post March 6).    
  
That discussion comes up in conjunction with death threats or cyber staking, which (the article says) is very difficult for social media companies to police and stop, in practice. 
  
Of course, threatening emails are likely to be marked as spam and not be read, or recognized as suspect (that is, containing malware) by a human reading an inbox and therefore never be opened.  Messages on Facebook or Twitter may be more difficult to spot in advance than email.  Another possibility is actual hacking.  I’ve never received as a message on line (although I have been “flamed” and did get some angry emails in earlier days’ a file was hacked in 2002 with Russian jibberish); I did get such a land phone call in Dallas in 1987, probably because of publicity associated with me and AIDS activism at the time.  Again, this would be harder by phone today because of call screening software on both land and smart phones.  

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