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US DHS digs out 27,000-member child abuse ring buried on Tor

US DHS digs out 27,000-member child abuse ring buried on Tor

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.

Google and Microsoft tackle child abuse images with search and YouTube changes

Google and Microsoft tackle child abuse images with search and YouTube changes

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.

Privacy's gone when posting child abuse images to a P2P network, US judge rules

Privacy's gone when posting child abuse images to a P2P network, US judge rules

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.

1,000 alleged paedophiles identified via 10-year-old Filipina CGI girl 'Sweetie'

1,000 alleged paedophiles unearthed by 10-year-old Filipina CGI girl 'Sweetie'

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.

LA schoolchildren found having too much fun on their hacked iPads

LA schoolchildren found dangerously having fun on their hacked iPads

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!

Justin Bieber imposter jailed after tricking children into stripping in front of webcam

Justin Bieber imposter jailed after tricking children into stripping in front of webcams

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.

It's not up to Google to stop child abuse, says expert

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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.

Malware alert while seeking child abuse images at work earns US man 5 years in jail

Malware alert while seeking child porn at work earns US man 5 years in jail

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.

Ransomware tricks child sex abuse image addict into turning self in to cops

Ransomware tricks child sex abuse image addict into turning self in to cops

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.

'Virtual Lolita' bot imitates a schoolgirl to trap chatroom paedophiles

'Virtual Lolita' bot imitates a schoolgirl to trap chatroom paedophiles

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.

US child porn suspect doesn't have to decrypt hard drives - yet

Child porn study examines nasty new trends including sextortion

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.

US child abuse image suspect shielded from decrypting hard drives

US child abuse image suspect shielded from decrypting hard drives

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.

Ransomware scares victims with child sex abuse images

Ransomware scares victims with child sex abuse images

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.

How Justin Bieber's name is used by internet perverts

Justin Bieber's name used by internet perverts

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.

Convicted sex offender let off the hook for child abuse image collection

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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.

48 countries join forces for biggest-ever fight against online child sex abuse

48 countries join forces for biggest-ever fight against online child sex abuse

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.

'Parasite' porn websites steal and spread images and videos of young people

Parasite sites are snatching and disseminating sexually explicit images of young people

A new study shows that 88% of sexually explicit photos and videos of children and other young people found online have been lifted from legitimate source sites, including social networking sites such as Facebook, video sites such as YouTube, or stolen/lost phones.

Child abuse photo collector forgets to encrypt his USB stick - Bad security is a good thing

Child abuse photo collector forgets to encrypt his USB stick - Bad security is a good thing

Sometimes some good can come from poor computer security.

How Facebook catches would-be child molesters by analyzing relationships and chat content

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Law enforcement is hailing Facebook for using its little-known data monitoring technology to spot a suspicious conversation about sex between a man in his early thirties and a 13-year-old girl from Florida.

Ransomware makes child porn menaces in broken English

Ransomware makes child porn menaces in broken English

Malware threatens to contact police with evidence of child abuse material on your computer - unless you pay 3000 Euros.