Chatroulette collects IP addresses, screenshots – Oddware – Security
The founder of online video chat room sensation “Chatroulette” revealed that the company stores IP addresses and even takes screenshots of users behaving inappropriately while logged in to the service.
Chatroulette, for those who are unfamiliar with it, is a site where users are randomly connected to one of the tens of thousands of people also using the site via their webcam and microphone.
As discovered by iTnews‘unfortunate Coco mascot earlier this year, the concept caught on among internet users at lightning speed, but too often users have been turned off after being hooked up to pranksters to shock or disgust random strangers.
Now Andrey Ternovskiy, CEO of Chatroulette has had enough.
“I think Chatroulette was great in the early days of the honeymoon after it launched, before it was discovered by a strange people, who began to abuse true freedom and the democratic nature of the service,” he wrote on the site blog, upset by the “difficulties in raising venture capital”, dealing with “negative feedback” and doing what he could to ensure that the site was still “legally operated in the territory of the United States”.
Ternovskiy said he made a “breakthrough” in dealing with such dramas by applying “real world laws to an Internet application.”
“We have started collecting information, such as IP addresses, logs and screenshots of offenders who are actually breaking US / UN laws by posting inappropriate content in specific situations,” he said. .
“We have captured and recorded thousands of IP addresses of suspected offenders, as well as logs and screenshots that prove bad behavior.
“We are entering into a conversation with law enforcement agencies and are ready to provide any information we have.”