Friday, April 24, 2009

DNS Plays Role in Craigslist Killer Case

Denise Dubie writes on NetworkWorld:

Network technology may have played a critical role in law enforcement officials catching the alleged Craigslist killer before he was able to strike again.

According to DNSstuff, the vendor's DNS tools were used as part of the ongoing investigation to track and then capture alledged Craigslist killer Philip Markoff. Boston and Massachusetts law enforcement officials would not comment on the ongoing investigation, but DNSstuff CEO Rich Person says his company's tools helped track Markoff through e-mail and network technology via Craigslist.

"We have it on good authority that law enforcement officials used our tools for checking e-mail and network connectivity and tracking IP addresses, but they are unable to comment due to the ongoing nature of the case," Person says. "Interpol, the [Federal Bureau of Investigation] and the National Center for Exploited & Missing Children have also used our tools in the past for criminal investigations, specifically one in New Hampshire involving a threat against Hillary Clinton."

Markoff, 23, a Boston University medical student, was charged with robbing one woman he found via erotic services advertised through Craigslist and murdering another, Julissa Brisman, 26, of New York. Markoff was charged April 22 with the April 14 fatal shooting of Brisman and is being held without bail as more details emerge surrounding the case. He was also changed with the armed robbery and kidnapping of a prostitute who was tied up April 10 at Boston's Westin Copley.

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