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FBI posts fake hyperlinks to trap porn downloaders

mytrip (940886) writes | more than 6 years ago

The Courts 1

mytrip writes "The FBI has recently adopted a novel investigative technique: posting hyperlinks that purport to be illegal videos of minors having sex, and then raiding the homes of anyone willing to click on them.

Undercover FBI agents used this hyperlink-enticement technique, which directed Internet users to a clandestine government server, to stage armed raids of homes in Pennsylvania, New York, and Nevada last year. The supposed video files actually were gibberish and contained no illegal images.

Roderick Vosburgh, a doctoral student at Temple University who also taught history at La Salle University, was raided at home in February 2007 after he allegedly clicked on the FBI's hyperlink. Federal agents knocked on the door around 7 a.m., falsely claiming they wanted to talk to Vosburgh about his car. Once he opened the door, they threw him to the ground outside his house and handcuffed him.

Vosburgh was charged with violating federal law, which criminalizes "attempts" to download child pornography with up to 10 years in prison. Last November, a jury found Vosburgh guilty on that count, and a sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 22, at which point Vosburgh could face three to four years in prison."

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FBI Posts Fake... (1)

petralynn (624791) | more than 6 years ago | (#22819954)

What this case suggests to me is how easy it has become for the FBI to invade ones privacy whether for cause or not. For instance: if one clicks a link to a site which might support Al Qaeda what are the odds of a visit from the FBI? And we now have evidence of FBI seeking information letters and warrants with little to no direct evidence of wrong doing. Or better yet, you go online to find an escort and get a visit from the FBI. What if I want to download a movie not approved by the FBI? I'm not sure anyone is safe from surveillance from the alphabet spies; we no longer have a free society.
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