Author Archives: Christopher Luna

UMass’s Rescue Lab uses GeoIP2 to Help Rescue Children from Abuse

Leveraging the strengths and understanding the limits of IP geolocation, the Rescue Lab plays a critical role in rescuing children from online sexual exploitation crimes.

Warning: The following article discusses child sexual abuse and may be disturbing to some readers.

The scale of the problem is staggering. Every month, more than 800,000 people share images and videos of children being sexually abused. The sharing of these images is a re-victimization of the abused, haunting them well into their adulthood. And the investigation of sharing by law enforcement has time and time again led to the rescue of a different child being actively abused. The sheer volume of child sexual abuse materials being shared online poses what was, for many years, an impossible logistical challenge. 

The issue isn’t a lack of people who care. The problem is one of sorting. If there’s a pool of 800,000 potential cases, all of which occur in the geographically nebulous space of “the internet,” how do you distribute these cases among the thousands of people—law enforcement officers—who have devoted their lives to fighting child sexual abuse? Without a method to effectively sort investigations into geographical jurisdictions, the cases are unmanageable. Figuring which of these offenders may be in your area would be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

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How to map custom boundaries in Kibana with reverse geocoding

by Thomas Neirnyck
This article was originally published on The Elastic Blog on Jan 20, 2021.

This tutorial shows how you can leverage GeoIP data using tools developed by Elastic. Elastic builds software to make data usable in real time and at scale for search, logging, security, and analytics use cases. Elastic’s tools make it easier for operations teams to keep applications running, or give security professionals a one-stop-shop for spotting and neutralizing digital threats. Learn more at elastic.co.

Want to create a map of where your users are? With the GeoIP processor, you can easily attach the location of your users to your user metrics

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Changes to Database Access for Expired Subscriptions

In order to better ensure that out-of-date IP data is not being used, MaxMind will no longer allow customers to continue to download old GeoIP and GeoLite databases once their subscription expires. This will help us to ensure compliance with digital privacy laws, protecting our business and yours.

This change will come into effect on February 8, 2021. No action is required on the part of customers.

In the past, we have allowed customers to continue to download databases past their subscription date as a courtesy, removing access only when the latest version of the databases they have paid for are 30 days old. Moving forward, customers will not be able to download paid databases once their subscription has expired. By removing access to these databases, we are working to ensure that only the latest versions of our databases, which regularly incorporate critical updates, corrections, and changes based on digital privacy rights, are being used in production.