Criminal Justice System: The Kopiloff Case

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According to a March 19, 2008 news article posted on computerworld.com, a 35 year old Seattle man, Gregory Kopiloff, reportedly stole identity information from victims using peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks between the months of March 2005 and August of 2007 (Vijayan, 2008). Kopiloff used software such as Limewire and Soulseek, to snoop for banking and credit card information belonging to other users via these file sharing networks. To get the data, he gained access to other people’s computers and searched specifically for federal income tax returns, student financial aid applications and credit reports stored on other user’s systems (Vijayan, 2008). He also used the data to screen potential victims based on their income…show more content…
According to the United States Department of Justice (2008), the Kopiloff case was the first conviction in the United States involving peer-to-peer files sharing programs, which shows evidence that recent enforcement statutes are proving to be effective in combating computer crimes. Many traditional problems often associated with computer crimes, such as jurisdictional concerns and prosecutorial reluctance, did not prevent investigators or prosecutors in this case from apprehending or prosecuting Kopiloff. Investigators overcame physicality and jurisdictional concerns with joint efforts from law enforcement agencies in many different jurisdictions. The case was investigated by the Electronic Crimes Task Force of the U. S. Secret Service, the U. S. Postal Inspection Service, the Seattle Police Department and the Poulsbo Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kathryn Warma of the Computer Hacking and Internet Crimes (CHIPS) Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office. Units such as CHIPS also demonstrate prosecutors are being provided the knowledge to overcome the reluctance to prosecute computer…show more content…
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