A Training Tool for Internet Crimes Against Children Cases

Conference Paper · January 2006with11 Reads
DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-36891-7_25 · Source: DBLP
Conference: Advances in Digital Forensics II - IFIP International Conference on Digital Forensics, National Centre for Forensic Science, Orlando, Florida, USA, January 29 - February 1, 2006


    The Internet has greatly increased the vulnerability of children to those who would commit crimes against them. In response
    to Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) legislation, law enforcement agencies have dedicated resources to educate the public
    of the threat, respond to ongoing attacks, and assist victims. A significant trend in the investigation of ICAC cases is the
    proactive masquerading of law enforcement agents as vulnerable prey in Internet forums. This approach has shown great promise,
    and agents who have mastered it possess valuable knowledge and skills that could assist others. The Predator and Prey Alert
    (PAPA) system, a hardware and software suite of tools, originally developed for proactive shadowing, assistance and direct
    manipulation of a cyberstalking victim’s computer, shows potential as a proactive forensic tool for ICAC investigations. This
    paper discusses the use of PAPA as a networked application to train law enforcement agents to investigate online cases involving
    the exploitation of children and teenagers.