The child predators targeted children as young as 3 years old. More than 40 terabytes of data were seized, 15 men have been arrested, 251 child or teen victims have been identified.
Two search giants, Google and Microsoft, have agreed on measures that should make it harder to search for child abuse images online on the open internet, while Google has made a groundbreaking move to identify and ferret out videos made by paedophiles on its YouTube service.
A US court has turned the tables on child predators who use technology to share images of the abuse, ruling that investigators' use of an automated search tool to ferret out known child porn images was not a violation of the defendants' Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search.
Using Hollywood-style animation techniques, researchers created a lifelike character and seeded 19 public online chat forums with her very convincing live-action image. Over 20,000 alleged predators asked her to perform paid sex acts over the course of 10 weeks, of whom 1,000 were identified, using no hacking methods whatsoever.
It took students one week to dismantle the security keeping them away from online candy such as Twitter and Facebook. That leaves one very peeved school system, dismayed at the fact that its kids are smarter than the adults who tried to corral them into this dreary thing called "the curriculum." The verdict: No more iPads for YOU!
A now-jailed paedophile posed online as Justin Bieber in order to trick children into stripping and performing sex acts in front of webcams - images that he then sometimes used to blackmail the children.
The former head of Britain's online child protection agency says the government's recent moves to protect children online are "nonsensical," that simply searching for a given term doesn't turn somebody into a paedophile.
A five-year jail term has been handed to a US man found downloading and watching child abuse imagery at work. Authorities were apparently alerted to his activities when his company computer was hit by a malware attack.
A US child abuse image collector turned himself in to police earlier this month, after ransomware hit his PC and showed messages warning him that the FBI were on to his nasty activities.
The robot uses the advanced decision-making techniques of game theory to string along subjects to determine whether they're hanging out in chatrooms to prey on children.
In a case that could have far-reaching implications for compelling criminal suspects to decrypt digital storage devices, a judge on Tuesday temporarily suspended a previous order that would have compelled the decryption of hard drives suspected of containing child pornography.
The federal magistrate found that forced decryption would violate the computer scientist's Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. It's no triumph for the agents who fight child abuse, but it is a win for privacy and for curtailment of government power over our data.
A ransomware attack takes a sinister twist - displaying images of the purported sexual abuse of children in an attempt to scare computer users into paying up.
In response to an increased number of sexual blackmailers harassing and terrorising young girls online, the FBI has published tips to help young people better protect themselves. We also added a few more for good measure.
Inadvertent exposure of files on an unsecured wireless network doesn't justify the search that found them, an Oregon judge ruled, reversing his previous conviction of a sex offender.
Experts estimate that there are now some one million images of abused and/or exploited children available online, with the total growing by 50,000 per year.
Malware threatens to contact police with evidence of child abuse material on your computer - unless you pay 3000 Euros.