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New Zealand child porn channel op sentenced to over 4 years in jail

Daniel Jess Moore from Wellington, New Zealand was identified to be the operator and gatekeeper of an international network that was exchanging and distributing child porn via an IRC channel.

New Zealand Childporn Peddler: Daniel Jess Moore

New Zealand Childporn Peddler: Daniel Jess Moore

The channel reportedly had over 100 active participants which traded “many millions of child sex abuse pictures and movies exclusively between its members”. Moore, along with an unnamed US man, were considered the operators and gatekeepers of said channel, employing on- and offline cryptography to conceal their criminal operation.

The sting was possible due to a co-operation between agents of the US Secret Service and the New Zealand police as well as the Department of Internal Affairs who where monitoring the channel and its participants since October 2007 and finally cracking down on it and arresting Moore on the 6th May 2008.

In the investigation after the raid, officials have found more than “11000 images and movies” on his computers as well as over “16000 objectionable images” on an external harddrive. It took the investigators over 5 days, working in shifts, to get all the data off of the computers’ encrypted harddrives. To hinder officials accessing the data which was protected by a 40-character passphrase, Moore tried desperately to “kick his machine to take the power off” when he was held down and handcuffed.

Not only has Moore already been convicted in 2003 for “distribution and possession of objectionable images”, he also was arrested in January 2009 for following a woman on footpath and “secretly filming up her dress as she stood at traffic lights”.

Yesterday, 32-year old Daniel Moore was sentenced to 4 and a half years in jail, pleading guilty to 10 charges of distributing and 51 of possessing objectionable material plus one count of making an intimate visual recording. His US accomplice was sentenced to 18 years in jail which he currently serves.

Sources:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10641927&pnum=0

http://www.techday.co.nz/netguide/news/another-net-porn-distributor-jailed/16277/

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GeekShed suffers from DDoS

GeekShed, the “free to use and family-friendly Internet Relay Chat network”, is currently suffering from a large scale DDoS attack that cripples their infrastructure consisting of 15 servers.

Even though those servers are in datacentres that offer DDoS-protection and are hosted with a number of large backbones they cannot seem to withstand the sheer volume of ICMP and UDP traffic directed at them.

Some of the servers have been null-routed by the hosting providers, others have been null-routed by GeekShed staff to “prevent damage to other machines and customers” according to network owner Phil.

The cause, as usual, seems to be a disgruntled user that has been banned from Chris Pirillo’s channel #chris who then engaged in spamming the channel with floodbots and after the channel staff has put a stop to the spamming, resorted to throwing large volumes of traffic at the servers using a botnet.

Since its split from the Wyldryde network, this is the second time somebody felt the necessity to bombard the network with junk traffic after being banned from #chris, however that miscreant was put to jail-time after the incident.

Netsplit.de Graph showing outtages on GeekShed

Netsplit.de Graph showing outtages on GeekShed

GeekShed staff are currently trying to sort out the situation and are working on restoring service for their users but since there is only so much one can do on the receiving end of a DDoS attack, service will be “intermittent” as Phil has posted on GeekSheds official website.

Note: At the time of publishing it seems the network is back in normal operation.

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Australian ISPs unite to disconnect botnet zombies

Yesterday a group consisting of major Australian ISPs – amongst them are Optus, Telstra, Vodafone, AAPT, Virgin, Hutchison 3G as well as Facebook, Google and Microsoft – announced that they prepare “a voluntary industry code to come into force this year” which could mean that “Computers infected with viruses could be “expelled” from the internet”.

The Internet Industry Association, which is made up of over 200 ISP and IT-related companies, is preparing that code in response to an ultimatum of the federal government.

Even though similar efforts have been reported in the past, Australia advanced to be #3 regarding botnet activity worldwide – only beaten by the U.S. and China. Interestingly, Australia wasn’t even to be found in the Top10 of McAfee’s Global Threat report 2 years ago

The sheer abundance of potential victims also explains why it is relatively cheap – 25$ per install – to get malware such as fake anti-virus solutions installed on Australian computers.

The internet industry’s voluntary code of conduct is being pushed by the federal Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy which wants to make the ISPs contact offending customers first before stepping up to more drastic measures like reducing the customers speed or changing their password so they have to contact the helpdesk.

As a last resort, the customers connection will be terminated if they fail to clean up the infection in a given timeframe.

If this gets done right it could very well mean a new era for all of us, meaning less spam, DDoS and other common nuisances found on todays internet.

What do you think about that? Should other countrys follow suit?

Child Pornography Channelop Receives 8 Years in Prison

A 40-year-old channel operator of a child pornography IRC channel received 8 years prison.

An investigation led by Interpol resulted in the arrest of 25 channel members worldwide spread over 10 countries. The channel operator, Brian Martin from Oregon USA, has now been sentenced to 8 years in prison. On his computer more then 5,000 images of child pornography have been found.

The channel served as a trading place where members exchanged newly found child pornography files, including video files.

Martin requested to remain free pending an appeal of his conviction, but  U.S. District Judge Ancer L. Haggerty denied that request.

Sentence Spam Convicted Maintains

The Virginia Supreme Court affirmed the sentence against the first convicted spammer in the USA, saying anti-spam laws do not violate freedom of speech.

Jeremy Jaynes of Raleigh, N.C was one of the world top spammers in 2003. The case he was convicted in was built on a single action where he produced 53,000 emails in 3 days in July 2003. He was sentenced to 9 years in jail.

Jaynes said in his defense that his spamming actions do not fall under anti-spam legislation because of freedom of speech guaranteed under the First Amendment.

“Unfortunately, the state that gave birth to the First Amendment has, with this ruling, diminished that freedom for all of us,” the lawyer of Jaynes, Thomas M. Wolf said. “As three justices pointed out in dissent, the majority’s decision will have far reaching consequences. The statute criminalizes sending bulk anonymous e-mail, even for the purpose of petitioning the government or promoting religion.”

State Attorney General Bob McDonnell: “This is a historic victory in the fight against online crime. Spam not only clogs e-mail inboxes and destroys productivity; it also defrauds citizens and threatens the online revolution that is so critical to Virginia’s economic prosperity.”