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child pornography can be found or sexual predators have been spotted they inform law enforcement officials and provide them with information for further investigations. PedoWatch has an updated list of sites in which to report sexual exploitation on the Internet in the US, Asia, Europe, Australia, South America and Africa. They have links to “digger engines” which will attempt to find the identity of someone who has posted something in a newsgroup, taken part in a chat room or is the owner of Web site. (http://www.pedowatch.org)

Ethical Hackers Against Pedophilia

Ethical Hackers Against Pedophilia (EHAP) is a 17 member secret organization of skilled computer technicians that surfs around the Internet looking for sex offenders who abuse children (www.hackers.com/ehap). A California man known only as “RSnake” founded the group in 1996.260 Their secretary, known only as “Oracle,” said that the main reason many child molesters and traders of child pornography were able to operate on the Internet was due to anonymity. Ethical Hackers Against Pedophilia decided to use their hacking talents to find, identify, and expose the predators. They find the identity and physical location of predators that post child pornography to newsgroups and trace the sources of video streaming sites that are transmitting the live sexual abuse of children. They specialize in investigating “secure” sites that use special security systems to hide their activities. They are selective in their targets, going after only those who are producing child pornography. “That’s who we hunt.”261 Ethical Hackers then passes the information along to law enforcement agencies, including the US FBI. The Ethical Hackers keep their methods confidential, refusing to say whether or not they stay within the law while gathering information on predators. “Law enforcement are restricted in ways we’re not – but I’m not saying that we break the law.”262 The group claims police have used their information. Police sources say they appreciate the information and “respond aggressively when information is brought to our attention,” but don’t support any law breaking that may occur to get the information, of course. 263

In September 1998, William H. Prugh, Pennsylvania, USA was charged with 15 counts of possessing and disseminating child pornography. He posted and downloaded child pornography from the newsgroup alt.pictures.erotica.pre-teen using the name RAMM@intothewall, which he thought was untraceable. Ethical Hackers Against Pedophilia traced his identity and assisted the police in collecting evidence for his arrest. 264

Se7en – Genuine Hacker Terror

Christian Valor, known as Se7en, spent 17 years in the hacker underground and didn’t believe the reports about increasing child pornography on the Internet. Then two crucial experiences connected and Se7en declared war on those who trade child pornography on the Internet. He acknowledged his own victimization and someone sent him child pornography. He was able to use empathy to understand and feel the harm from sex predators, which is grossly lacking in most people in the Internet and sex industries. “I myself was abused when I was a kid. Luckily, I wasn’t a victim of child pornography, but

I know what these kids are going through.”265

After receiving the JPEG image, he

entered the underground of IRC chat rooms with names like



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