Tuesday, October 17, 2006

To Catch a MySpace Predator...using Perl


From Wired:

I've been invited here to witness the end-game of a police investigation that grew from 1,000 lines of computer code I wrote and executed some five months earlier. The automated script searched MySpace's 1 million-plus profiles for registered sex offenders -- and soon found one that was back on the prowl for seriously underage boys.

That's something that MySpace has said it cannot do. Rather, it is seeking new laws that would make it easier to ban sex offenders from the site through an e-mail registry.

I'm going to go buy some Google Adwords right now for "Sex Offender? Don't want to be caught on MySpace? Click here for more..." and make my riches on kid-touchers and pagefuckers.

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