Skip to comments.FBI Raids Wrong Hanover Home For Child Porn
Posted on 02/13/2013 2:15:18 PM PST by Arthurio
HANOVER, VA The FBI raided a Hanover County home in search of child porn, only to discover they'd raided the wrong house.
Federal investigators targeted the Mechanicsville home after discovering child porn was being downloaded to computers using the homeowner's internet service, according to federal court documents.
But after raiding the home in November and subsequently launching a full investigation, court documents show agents discovered the computers with the downloaded child porn didn't belong to the couple, but a neighbor.
David Edward Sleezer, of J David Lane, was arrested and charged with five counts of receiving and distributing child porn.
Agents raided Sleezer's home and confiscated a computer, several computer discs and a thumb drive, all containing images and videos of child porn, according to an indictment.
Sleezer was stealing his neighbor's unsecured Wi-Fi signal to commit the crimes, according to court documents.
Sleezer is due back in court the week of February 11.
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Were there no dogs to shoot? Copper must have been disappointed.
Sleezer. How appropriate.
They didn’t really raid the “wrong” home. They raided the home where the material was being downloaded.
The people in that home were not responsible for the downloading, but that isn’t really the fault of the police.
Correct, but they were probably terrified just the same. Note to ALL:
USE a long WI-fi keY!..........
Sleezer, what a descriptive name
Hopefully they didn’t go Waco on the place.
“Were there no dogs to shoot? “
Another reason to put a strong password on your wireless router.
Long key doesn't matter if you are using WEP or if you have WPS enabled on your wireless router. Use WPA or WPA2 and DISABLE WPS.
Better yet, disable wireless in your router and your computers and use a cable.
no kidding, lol!
Have you got a reference to a writeup on how to do that?
“Have you got a reference to a writeup on how to do that?”
It depends entirely on the make and model number of the router.
All routers come with instructions on how to configure it.
Or live in the middle of 100 acres.
It seems to me the FBI ought to have a procedure to check for something like this. A lot of people are not all that computer literate when it comes to wireless, and this is not the first time someone has used an unsuspecting person’s connection to criminal ends.
Yes, wireless users need to savvy about these things. But at the same time, one would think that a federal law enforcement agency with supposed experts in cybercrime working the case would have accounted for that possibility before they started raiding people’s homes.
Just sayin’. I’m glad they got the right person in the end.
>>Note to ALL:
>>USE a long WI-fi keY!..........
And use Steve Gibson’s hi-strength password tool to generate the key.
Two worthwhile pages:
Run a Cat 5 cable from your computer to the router. Plug it into the router in an open slot. Unscrew the antennas on the router...
All internet traffic is addressed through the router, It is up to the routers to “route” it to the proper computer. The stream of data that could be monitored does not indicate any decisions by the router. It just shows the stream of data going to that particular router.
I just hope the police tried the old method of using a warrent and knocking on the door. Not kicking in the door with a flash bang in the window.
The old method of doing things got a lot less people killed and tended to make you respect the police instead of hate them.
Technically, I do not believe it is 'stealing' as much as it is 'snooping'. To steal something, you have to take it away from someone in a manner that no longer allows them to possess it. If you and your neighbor live off the public road, and he creates a driveable path past your house from the road on the way to his place, it is not stealing if you decide to use the road. Public property, not on his, thusly fair use. If your neighbor drops his running garden hose and dashed into the house to answer his phone, it is not stealing if you sneak a drink from the running hose in the meantime.
I have become inured over the years about how many people just can not be troubled to change the default passwords on the equipment they use. Modems, routers, hubs, computers -you name it, it's unsecured.
Did they burn the house down???
26 characters in mine; that oughta do it.
You gotta lock up and encrypt it to make it secure.
Perhaps we should change the letters “FBI” to “FUBAR.”
Ah, that makes sense. Thank you for the info!
BTW, I agree - I hope it was a knock first situation, followed by a professional handling of the investigation. I read a similar story on FR a while back that was a lot uglier.
Mix CaPs and dashes with NuMb3rs?.........