Fri, Oct. 12, 2007

IP Address Insufficient for Conviction

RM - Washington.   A criminal investigation in Germany produced the IP address of a computer from which a defamation allegedly originated. On August 7, 2007, the Bochum criminal court agreed with the defense that the standard of proof in criminal matters requires more than the identification of a computer.

The court in Germany found the owner of the computer not guilty. It concluded in the matter 35 Ds 4 Js 674/05 that wireless connections cause uncertainty as to whether the defendant or others used the network connection, in addition to the potential for hackers misusing an IP address.

This result is in line with expert opinions--such as internet consultant Zi Mei in his affidavit in the case Atlantic Recording Corporation et al. v. Does 1-25 or The Honeynet Project & Research Alliance and their study Know Your Enemy: Fast-Flux Service Networks--which pull the rug from the naive view that an IP adress is a suitable identifier of computer users.


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