Police get IP addresses in hunt for Seveke's killer
31 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — Detectives investigating the murder of Louis Sévèke took possession of data on people who visited the political activist's website.
31 January 2006
AMSTERDAM — Detectives investigating the murder of Louis Sévèke took possession of data on people who visited the political activist's website.
Family and friends of the dead man said on Tuesday the police have an estimated 25,000 unique Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. The police told the family the details are currently being preserved but not examined.
The managers of the site www.louisseveke.nl wanted to keep possession of the data unless and until there were concrete grounds to give the information to the police. The investigators did not agree with this proposal and took possession of the data.
The police declined to comment about this on Tuesday.
IP addresses are conceptually similar to phone numbers, except they are used by computer networks and the internet. A trace of an IP address can establish the internet service provider and the location of the computer used by a visitor to a website. From there, the authorities can try to establish the user's identity.
The issue is sensitive in this case as most of Sévèke's associates are left-wing activists who are not particularly fond of police attention.
Sévèke, 41, was shot dead on Van Welderenstraat in Nijmegen in November last year.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news