Phishing and the FBI, find the Differences

 Reading today (March 26, 2008) the Hebrew edition of the Israeli “Yediot Aharonot” newspaper, I found that the FBI, to trap possible pedophiles, is applying some sort of ‘phishing techniques’, here are the same news from English source.
“FBI posts fake hyperlinks to snare child porn suspects”
I quote the article verbatim:
“The FBI has recently adopted a novel investigative technique: posting hyperlinks that purport to be illegal videos of minors having sex, and then raiding the homes of anyone willing to click on them.
Undercover FBI agents used this hyperlink-enticement technique, which directed Internet users to a clandestine government server, to stage armed raids of homes in Pennsylvania, New York, and Nevada last year. The supposed video files actually were gibberish and contained no illegal images.A CNET review of legal documents shows that courts have approved of this technique, even though it raises questions about entrapment, the problems of identifying who’s using an open wireless connection–and whether anyone who clicks on a FBI link that contains no child pornography should be automatically subject to a dawn raid by federal police.Roderick Vosburgh, a doctoral student at Temple University who also taught history at La Salle University, was raided at home in February 2007 after he allegedly clicked on the FBI’s hyperlink. Federal agents knocked on the door around 7 a.m., falsely claiming they wanted to talk to Vosburgh about his car. Once he opened the door, they threw him to the ground outside his”… source .
It is worth to read the article   “Beware of fake websites – FBI”, posted on NEWS24COM,(22/07/2003), the article is remaining actual .  I quote,..”Washington – The FBI and consumer organisations issued a warning on Monday about a growing fraud scheme involving e-mails that lure people to fake websites to collect sensitive personal or financial data. The scam involves e-mail that links users to sites that are designed to look like legitimate sites, and deceive consumers into revealing credit card or bank account numbers or other sensitive data.”..see more.
.Phisting warning
A warning: example of a “phishing” email, see here.
So today, ironically, the FBI uses the same techniques with fake hyperlinks to lure pedophiles to the REAL illegal videos sites.
What are the innocent web surfers thinking: here are two post from the ‘Armagedon Games’ site, discussing the FBI procedure.
..”I agree that the chance of accidentally stumbling upon child pornography is extremely slim – but that doesn’t mean that busting people for content cached by their browser makes any sense. Everything on the internet by its very nature is untrusted content.
Would it make sense to arrest me for child pornography sent unsolicited to my physical mailbox? No. Would it make sense to arrest me for child pornography sent to my email account by spammers? No. Would it make sense to arrest me for child pornography cached by my browser from a popup on an (otherwise legal) porn site? No. Would it make sense to arrest me for child pornography pre-cached by my browser plugin while visiting a (very sketchy, but perfectly legal) forum about child pornography? No.
Would it make sense to arrest me for purposefully clicking on child pornography? Perhaps yes, but it’s *completely impossible* to separate this case from the others where I, acting as a reasonable law-abiding citizen, had no intention of acquiring illegal material. If you arrest everyone with illegal cache content, sure, the majority were probably criminal perverts, but you’ve also completely trashed the right to be “innocent until proven guilty,” as established by hundreds of years of jurisprudence”…
…”How would I prove my innocence? Oh sure, innocent until proven guilty, but as has been pointed out, there are a million and one “excuse stories.” What would make mine any more credible?      And Breaker, I already said, I’m more concerned about the technique than I am about the case. In this one instance, an FBI agent posted the link in a message board known to be visited by kiddie porn “enthusiasts,” and made it very clear that the link was actually to kiddie porn. And I’m not suggesting that the FBI would attempt to deceive people. But third parties might. This is the Internet – you know there are plenty of sickos out there who would get a thrill out of tricking people into visiting an FBI kiddie porn trap.      As the article itself states – the FBI has no way of being able to separate people who clicked on the “official” link posted by the FBI agent from people who got “pedorolled.”..see more.
Qlick on the picture, see more here.
To conclude, in order to be a good cop learn to be a ‘good’ criminal.