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Hacker builds tracking system to nab Tor pedophiles

Posted by Ryan Naraine

Amidst concerns that pedophiles are using public Tor (the Onion Router) servers to trade in child pornography, über-hacker HD Moore is building a tracking system capable of pinpointing specific workstations that searched for and downloaded and videos of kids.

Moore, the brains behind the Metasploit Project, has come up with a series of countermeasures that include using patched Tor servers and a to detect the exact location of a pedophile within an organization or residence.

Moore first discussed his “countermeasures” at a meeting of the Austin Hackers Association (AHA) last summer when it became clear that the EFF-backed anonymity/privacy network was being used for the most nefarious purposes. Further confirmation came last September when German authorities cracked down on Tor node operators because of the proliferation of child porn.

In an e-mail interview, Moore said the plan is to release the source code, which will allow anyone to run a patched Tor server to help pinpoint pedophiles online.

Moore’s description of the countermeasures:

1. Run a patched TOR server. The patches embed a Ruby interpreter into the TOR connection engine and allow arbitrary Ruby scripts to process data before sending it back to the client. Read more @ http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/

OSA Editorial Comments:

I hope that when they track them down that the officalis start prosocuting them for cyber crimes and not just give a hand slap. We need to start making the Predators & Pedophiles pay with real punishment or real jail time! And we need to begin to say: “enough is enough” or scream out from the rooftops that “Were not going to Take IT Anymore!!”
What a eye opener we have to start getting tough with the would of do we just continue hide behind monitors allow the internet criminals to get away with it, day after day? 

Your Online Security Authority
Bill Wardell

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