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Click A Link, Go To Jail: The Conclusion Of The Issue?
Date: May 19, 2008 10:04PM

Back in March Rsnake posted an article entitled, "Click A Link, Go To Jail" (http://ha.ckers.org/blog/20080320/click-a-link-go-to-jail/). Quite a few other individuals began to question the implications of the U.S. government cracking down on people blatantly looking for child pornography, and how Cross-Site Request Forgeries could be used in order to presumably cause unsuspecting individuals to fall victim to what many have labeled as an entrapment scheme. According to a Supreme Court ruling made today "the new law sets a five-year mandatory prison term for promoting, or pandering, child pornography. It does not require that someone actually possesses child pornography." Apparently even if only in a joking or nonserious manner this crosses the boundaries of the first amendment, and free speech. So wouldn't this effectively squash the quandry everyone faced in the first place since it would be illegal for the government to claim to have such materials, or does this magically not apply to them?


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Re: Click A Link, Go To Jail: The Conclusion Of The Issue?
Posted by: Malkav
Date: May 20, 2008 08:01AM

ok mark my word :

forensic : "analysis has shown evidence of the presence on the suspect's computer of thumbnails (evidence piece 1) resulting from the navigation on one (1) presumed child porn site. further analysis has shown the origin of thumbnails was the "honeypot" (network of computer built to attract, in this case, child pornographer), all 143 thumbnails found on the suspect's computer are from the aforementionned honeypot, and therefore not conclusive evidence"

general attorney : "analysis has shown evidence of the presence on the suspect's computer of thumbnails resulting from the navigation on child porn site. all 143 thumbnails found on the suspect's computer are from child porn navigation"

jury : "guilty, your honor"

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Re: Click A Link, Go To Jail: The Conclusion Of The Issue?
Posted by: hazmat
Date: May 22, 2008 03:35PM

While I do agree with the idea of catching child pornographers the way it is being done is crazy. Where does this stop? When you think about it what is stopping the feds from doing this for other stuff. I wouldn't be surprised if we started seeing this tactic pop up on security sites. Click on a link to learn about CSRF and your automatically considered a "cyberterrorist". I truly believe that this is only the tip of the iceberg. I agree 100% with Malkav. All it will take is a judge and a jury who are not technically savvy to throw somebody under the bus.

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