How The FBI Tracks Down An Online Criminal
from the a-little-more-advanced-than-just-getting-an-IP-address dept
Yesterday, we noted how weak the RIAA’s “evidence” is in the civil cases they bring against people for file sharing. In the comments, a few people tried to compare that to the way law enforcement officials go about tracking down online criminals. However, thanks to Steve Bryant we have at least one example of how much more thorough the FBI is. He details the process the FBI used to track down someone who made a threat online using a gmail account. They got a grand jury subpoena to get Google to hand over some info, including the IP address of the user and the alternate email he used, which happened to be from Yahoo. They then got info from Yahoo to link the email address to a person — and got more IP info from Yahoo as well. Both IP addresses were linked to a law firm, which was interviewed. From the law firm, they discovered that there was an annex office attached to an apartment. The office had an open computer. The apartment, not surprisingly, had been rented to the guy earlier identified as the person who registered those email addresses. It certainly seems like they have a bit more proof concerning who was involved.