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#34599 - 01/22/05 04:18 AM DoD targets child porn on military PCs
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CLEARWATER, FLA. - When it comes to cybercrime, one of the biggest problems facing the Department of Defense comes from within - the rank and file personnel suspected of downloading child pornography on military PCs.

Although fraud, network intrusions and counterintelligence cases also keep the department's tech experts busy, it's detecting evidence of child pornography stored or accessed via military networks that's straining the resources of the Defense Cyber Crime Center. At last week's Defense Department Cyber Crime Conference, which was attended by about 550 computer crime specialists from the military and FBI, the experts didn't shy from acknowledging child pornography as a scourge the military is determined to fight.

"Child porn is 50% of our criminal cases," said Steven Shirley, director of the Defense Cyber Crime Center. The computer forensics lab in Baltimore is regularly contacted by investigators in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines to analyze digital evidence seized as part of the military's most complex computer crime investigations.

Of the 411 cases referred last year to the Defense Cyber Crime Center, 39% were categorized as "criminal" and half of those involved child pornography, Shirley told conference attendees during a presentation.

He noted the terabytes of seized images and other data that accompanies child pornography cases can take analysts two to three months to plow through.

"There's often a backlog," said Bill Harback, senior computer forensic examiner at the center. "Basically all the evidence was in our hands, and we wanted to get the evidence back to investigators in a timely manner so they could do their jobs."

The Defense Cyber Crime Center, which has 328 people to assist in computer crime investigations, is seeking to pick up speed in child pornography cases through the use of a new software tool developed under the military's Project KIDS (Known Image Database Systems) initiative.

The tool automates analysis through a hashing technique that finds both known and possible child pornography in data files.

The tool also looks for malware, such as backdoors or Trojans, that might indicate the PC was subverted to download child pornography without the PC user's knowledge.

Currently, the center has approved more than 300 tools for computer forensics purposes in the military. The three primary tools are EnCase from Guidance Software, the Forensic Toolkit from AccessData and iLook, a tool originally developed by Scotland Yard, which is licensed in the U.S. by the Internal Revenue Service only to government users.

Another challenge facing the Defense Cyber Crime Center is finding secure ways to store seized data in all computer crime cases. The center's practice has been to store data for each case on a separate PC.

"We're getting cases so big we can't store the evidence on even four networked PCs, so we need a storage-area network," said Jim Christy, director of the Cyber Crime Institute, the Defense Cyber Crime Center's research arm. "But we haven't seen the kind of system to prevent cross-contamination of data."

In one case, Christy recalled, the amount of data reached a whopping 75T bytes.

Even as the military's computer forensics experts struggle to root out illegal material from within the department and external threats, they are confronted by the need to prove their labs and personnel can meet the highest professional standards.

Although computer forensics is a new and evolving science for criminologists, the American Society of Criminal Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) in Garner, N.C., is considered the certifying organization whose standards must be met.

There are no computer forensics labs in the Defense Department that have been certified by the ASCLD, Shirley said, but the Defense Cyber Crime Center will undergo evaluation to gain accreditation this spring.

It's only a matter of time before lawyers, in the course of defending their clients accused of computer-based crimes, will call into question any evidence analyzed in a lab that's not accredited, Shirley said. "You don't want an enterprising defense counsel boxing your ears in court."

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#34600 - 01/22/05 04:24 AM Re: DoD targets child porn on military PCs
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I know that if I knew the guy next to me was a pedo, the DOD would be involved. But only to prosecute me for manslaughter.
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#34601 - 01/22/05 10:29 PM Re: DoD targets child porn on military PCs
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Man, this shit is sad; I'm glad to know my hard earned money is going to fund some fuckin child molester to sit in a cushy job and make 9x more than I am while the rest of my money is going towards the fuckin DoD not thinking ahead and blocking everything that people shouldn't be accessing... Jesus christ, step 1, NetNanny...
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#34602 - 01/23/05 12:35 AM Re: DoD targets child porn on military PCs
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Step 2 Block ports 80 and 8080. How many jobs need internet access? Ummm yea, not many. I was in the army and had internet access. My job needed no internet access. Not even email.

Step 3, block/lock port 21

step 4, develop image format/video format and remove codec for all others. Now all DoD images and video's are in this format. Look can't see jpeg's, png's, mpeg's, avi's, mov's


Christ, have Microsoft do it for you, how much is it worth to keep the DoD/Government as a customer. It's not worth it, okay, Redhat will do it then.

/me shakes head
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#34603 - 01/23/05 04:10 AM Re: DoD targets child porn on military PCs
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Quote:
Originally posted by Gizmo:
Man, this shit is sad; I'm glad to know my hard earned money is going to fund some fuckin child molester to sit in a cushy job and make 9x more than I am while the rest of my money is going towards the fuckin DoD not thinking ahead and blocking everything that people shouldn't be accessing... Jesus christ, step 1, NetNanny...
Well, Gizzy I have to say that, although I understand your thoughts, most people in the military do not have cushy jobs. I do agree that the steps the IT's (the people in the navy who do the network work) could take to prevent it all together are simple, it is the policy makers that inhibit them.
Secondly, Sintax, the way that the military does buisness has changed since you were in. Every person in the navy needs Internet acess now to be able to do anything. Our pay statements are online, our training is online, our tax papers are online. Even making appointments to get an ID card are made online. A common conversation every day goes:
"Where is that stuff I asked you for?"
"What Stuff?"
"I sent you an email"
"I haven't checked my email today"
"Well you need to check your email every morning, now go check it and get me what I asked for"
No joke, been there, yesterday as a matter of fact.
The problem is, no matter how much screening you do, the military is still a cross section of the united states, and now days Mexico, dominican republic, England, puerto rico every country that has us territory next to it's name or has a friendly relationship with the US, thier citizens can join. That means you get all kinds.
It is common knowledge that pedos act like everyone else and behave like everyone else, except for thier sexual preferences. Think about it, even before there was a "Don't ask Don't tell" policy there were gays in the military, they just blended in well.
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#34604 - 01/23/05 06:17 AM Re: DoD targets child porn on military PCs
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yeh, well, this is where you either:
1. Ban ALL sites with the EXCEPTION of those which are REQUIRED.
2. Install NetNanny and a few other porn protection suites.
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#34605 - 01/23/05 04:17 PM Re: DoD targets child porn on military PCs
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Wrong wrong wrong wrong!!!!

Why do you need internet access? All you need is intranet access. A Global WAN(wide area network) could do all the things you described. For one, the millitary id cards on the world wide web. Come on!!!! WTF. I have seen the new cards with the smart chips and heard about much of what you mention. Email, websites, FTP, SSL connections, inventorie databases do not have to be on the world wide web.

I work in Fast packet WAN technology all day everyday. I know it is possible to have an affordable solution that would stomp out cyber crime, and better secure the DoD info. A private WAN. It is that simple.

We all know that any site can be hacked. In this day of terrorists, cyber crime and ex-KGB running the russian Mafia is it really a good idea to put every U.S soldier on the net? lol

all you need is 1 DS3 to minor bases 1 OC3 to major bases. Break out the T-1's for network hubs, various 1 gig ethernet LAN's tie in. Bam you are connected and private. Need to access from home? That is what VPN clients are for.
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#34606 - 01/24/05 03:00 AM Re: DoD targets child porn on military PCs
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i have officailly been bitch slapped by sintax. ouch.
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#34607 - 01/24/05 04:57 AM Re: DoD targets child porn on military PCs
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Amen brotha Sintax... But now people are going to bitch that they're unable to talk with "family" outside of work short of the telephone...
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#34608 - 01/24/05 03:15 PM Re: DoD targets child porn on military PCs
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Bring back ArpaNet!

Or whatever the military's precursor to the internet was.

A private WAN for the military seems like the right idea, but I don't like it for a couple reasons. First of all, it's expensive. I don't mean just to build, but to maintain as well. We've already got a great infrastructure throughout the country, as well as the world, maintained mostly by private telcos. If the military builds their own WAN, not only do they have to lay a bunch of new lines, but then you have to get people to maintain them. And these are all services that we already have in place. What's the point?

But you're the one that works in telco, so I might be wrong about that. Private corporations are the ones building and maintaining all the networks though, right?

I much prefer the idea of developing custom codecs for video and pictures. That would also be a pain in the ass to maintain though, because they wouldn't leave it alone, now you have to update everybody's computer when there's a change.

Maybe just have a basic firewall solution? Have some servers in the intranet, some servers that are used throughout the nation, and only allow traffic amongst those. It'd function the same as a private intranet (though with the added security risk of being accessible to the world), but would leverage the networking infrastructure we've already got in place.

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#34609 - 01/24/05 03:46 PM Re: DoD targets child porn on military PCs
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As far as Fiber or coper pairs/cable you can keep a private wan and still use the telcos. All you would have to do is use technology's like Frame Relay , ATM , SMDS , FDDI/TLS , IP/VPN .

Frame is cheap and good for data. ATM is a bit more expensive and requires a bit more knowledge on user side but is perfect for video, voice, and of course data. SMDS(Switched Multi Mega bit data service) is on the way out, but it can reach speeds up to DS3 (45 mbs). FDDI/TLS I am not too familar with. Many of our Government customers use this. It is an end to end fiber solution. Now we have up to 10 gig lines in this service. The beauty and apeal of this is there is no tapping this line. It is fiber. No one has yet figured out how to pull the signal off fiber without disrupting the transmission.

Last but not least is IP/VPN. This is the future and what the US DoD should do. You can bridge multiple standards across an IP/VPN network and be able to talk just fine. It is a global solution, it is cheap, it is secure, it will get better in time.

IP/virtual private network.
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