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Peer-to-Peer InvestigationsUnquestionably, the Internet today provides new and unprecedented opportunities for sex offenders to meet and share explicit images and predation methods. Peer-to-peer (P2P) networks are one way these individuals share child pornography and other explicit materials. P2P networks allow collectors of child pornography to download and trade movies, images, and pornographic text with others in the network. In effect, individuals in these networks maintain "libraries" of images for others to share.
Until recently, P2P technology made it difficult for law enforcement to investigate these crimes. However, the development of new software now provides investigators powerful tools to identify the movement of pornography in P2P networks.
One such software tool allows law enforcement officials to identify and locate computers that trade or download child pornography—and the tool identifies and locates these computers geographically by IP address. Using this software, investigators have been able to identify over a half-million individual computers worldwide that have been involved in the exchange of child pornography.
What you will learn
Because P2P investigative software is new to many law enforcement investigators, this course provides the critical training that investigators need in order to fully implement the functionality of the new technology—and to increase investigative outcomes in the law enforcement community.
Course topics include:
- IP addressing and digital officer safety
- Tools for conducting P2P undercover investigations
- Searching for downloads and contraband
- Peer Spectre 2
- Child Protection System software
- Media library
- Building a case
- Legal issues
- And more! See the Course Overview
Who should attend
All high-tech crime investigators. Students should have a background in online investigations and understand and have experience with the basic computer crime scene.
One of the primary missions of SEARCH is to provide cutting-edge High Technology Crime Investigation training to law enforcement officers nationwide. Check the SEARCH Web site for more details.
Contact Diane Chin at SEARCH at (916) 392-2550, ext. 244 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. PT) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.