The internet has long been a place for anonymity, with sites like The Pirate Bay, Megaupload and the Silk Road all offering a wide variety of online content.
But what happens when someone attempts to break into someone else’s identity, use stolen credit card information or steal money from their bank account?
How can you be sure you’re not being spied on?
One of the most popular ways to combat identity theft is to use a browser-based service.
But there are other ways to protect yourself online, too.
Online news aggregator Lancaster News Online (LANC) has created a tool that allows you to identify and track down criminals using your internet browsing history.LANC’s new “Find and Report Criminals” feature uses data from LANC’s database of millions of people who have logged on to its website since last year.
Users can log in and report a person they suspect of stealing or using their credit card, the amount of money they have stolen, or the identity of someone who has been reported for a fraud.
They can also add information about their personal online history and their location to their report.
The tool is available in both English and Spanish, and is designed to assist those who are worried about their privacy or security.
“We want to make it easy for people to report criminals online, but at the same time it’s also designed to provide a level of protection for us as a business,” said Sarah Brown, LANC general manager.
“When you look at a crime that involves someone’s identity you want to find out what they are doing, who they are, where they are going and what they’ve been doing, so you can identify and bring that to justice.”LANC has seen a significant increase in online fraud since it launched the new tool last year, according to Brown.
“Since last year there’s been a significant number of reported online frauds, but there hasn’t been a lot of reporting for the other crimes that we’ve reported,” she said.
Lancaster has also started a new section in its website called “Protect Yourself Online” which highlights the tools it has developed to help businesses identify and deter fraud.LISP, which stands for Locally Insured Person and was developed in partnership with the Lancasters Digital Forensic Lab, allows businesses to use their customers’ browsing history to identify criminals.
The website allows businesses who want to report someone to use LISP to get in touch with a professional online crime detective.
“There’s been an increase in crime and there are a lot more crime victims and there’s a lot less of them,” said LISPs deputy director for security, Tom McKean.
“The people that are committing crime online tend to be people who are online, they’re more likely to be the most active online, and if you can track them down you can take action to stop them from committing further crimes.”
The LANC tool has been downloaded over 3 million times and is now available to users across all platforms.
It is available to download for free from Lancards website.
The company is also offering LISIPreject, a mobile app that will alert users to the person who is attempting to steal their identity.
“If you’re going to report a crime to us and we have a person that you think is attempting something against you that you’ve flagged up as suspicious, we’ll send an alert to that person,” McKeon said.
“They will receive an email with the details of that person, but we also have a way for them to report that person as well.”
Lancasters team have been working closely with the FBI to develop a more effective response to online crime.
“It’s really important that the law enforcement community has the tools and tools they need to identify fraud, identify perpetrators, and disrupt these crime networks,” Brown said.
The Lancasters team are currently looking into how they can create a new tool to help people identify criminals online.