Today, Wired News is releasing the code used in this investigation (click here to download the gzip file). Anyone is free to take the software, look at it, validate (or invalidate) the methodology, discuss, tinker and improve the code.
We’re releasing this code completely and utterly unsupported, under a BSD license. We’ll happily link to open-source development efforts that pick it up for adoption, if notified.
Warning: These scripts were developed for a one-off project and all admittedly could use a thorough scrubbing.
It’s also worth noting what this code is not.
First, it is not a plug-and-play application for average parents or concerned citizens who want to protect specific children who have MySpace accounts. To use it, you’ll need to have a web server, a MySQL database server and some rudimentary knowledge of Perl.
Nor is it a fully automated find-a-perp program. Rather, this code is a starting point for human reporting.
I downloaded the code and put it up in a couple places, just in case.
I can imagine many many good ways to use this and many many bad ways to use this code.
You pick. 😛