This paper discusses how 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 the investigation of internet crimes against children (ICAC).
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. (Published abstract provided)