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Alleged sextortionist arrested in Texas - Here's how to protect yourself

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The 26-year-old man was charged with internet stalking, producing child abuse images, and coercing a minor into sexual activity.

8chan back after Google banned entire domain for child abuse imagery

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Its founder says the ban was unfair, given that both 8chan and Google take down content using matching hashes after it's posted, not before.

Google, Facebook and Twitter join forces to combat child abuse imagery

Google, Facebook and Twitter join forces to combat child abuse imagery

Google, Facebook and Twitter have joined forces with the Internet Watch Foundation in a bid to remove potentially millions of child sexual abuse imagery from the web.

20 students charged in school sexting scandal

20 students charged in New Jersey sexting scandal

Twenty US middle and high-school students in the US are facing charges of privacy invasion after numerous explicit photos of female students were swapped by text and social media.

Sextortionist who preyed on teens via Facebook and Skype gets 53 months

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Andrew McBride, who preyed on victims as young as 13, has been sentenced to 53 months in jail and three years of monitoring after that.

Former US cybersecurity director gets 25 years for online child abuse

Former US cybersecurity director gets 25 years for child abuse images

The former acting director of cybersecurity for the US Department of Health and Human Services is one of 6 so far to be convicted in an ongoing FBI investigation that used drive-by malware to track the online activities of child abusers.

GCHQ and police team up to hunt down child abusers on the darknet

GCHQ and police teaming up to hunt down child abusers on the darknet

A major crackdown on child-abuse imagery includes a new law making it illegal for an adult to send a sexual communication to a child.

US Attorney General urges tech companies to leave back doors open on gadgets for police

US Attorney General urges tech companies to leave back doors open on gadgets for police

Don't lock police out of popular consumer gadgets, lest law enforcement's efforts to nab kidnappers or child predators be stymied, the US AG said, becoming the latest of a string of government officials to speak out since Google and Apple announced they were changing encryption on their mobile operating systems.

Child abuser sues Facebook and page admin over allegedly posting his address

Child abuser sues Facebook and page admin over allegedly posting his address

The administrator of the paedophile-monitoring site admitted in High Court to "naming and shaming" 400 sex offenders on the Facebook page but denied posting the address. As of Thursday, the case had been continued as un-redacted evidence was sought.

Mother tracks down Facebook predator who lured son away from home

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The child predator persuaded the boy to meet him by threatening suicide. Even after his mother told Adam Brown to block contact with her son, he persisted in messaging the young teenager.

Facial recognition software leads to arrest after 14-year manhunt

Facial recognition software leads to FBI success in 14-year manhunt

A former US resident from New Mexico was captured in Nepal after 14 years on the run. The fugitive's passport photo matched up with a newly issued wanted poster. Does the capture of a suspected child abuser justify the use of a technology that hasn't yet had privacy implications ironed out?

Microsoft scans email for child abuse images, leads to arrest‏

Microsoft scans email for child porn images

Microsoft detected two illicit images of a young girl when they were uploaded to a Pennsylvanian man's OneDrive cloud storage account. Before anybody starts worrying about snooping, be assured that humans weren't involved in looking at the email; rather, Microsoft's own PhotoDNA matched the images to those of known child abuse images.

Google tips off cops after spotting child abuse images in email

Google tips off cops after spotting child abuse images in email

A 41-year-old resident of Houston, Texas has been arrested after Google tipped off police that they had spotted child abuse images in his emails.

Child abuse images dragnet snares 660 suspected paedophiles

Child abuse images dragnet snares 660 suspected paedophiles

Doctors, teachers, scout leaders, care workers and former police officers - all professions that entail unsupervised access to children - were among 660 who've been arrested in an unprecedented child abuse image dragnet in the UK.

Police dog catches paedophiles by sniffing out their hidden hard drives

Police dog catches paedophiles by sniffing out their hidden hard drives

Police detection dogs are the latest tool in investigators' arsenal when it comes to finding gadgets that might contain illegal images of child abuse, sometimes hidden in metal tins four layers deep inside a filing cabinet.

UK convicts two child abusers who used Facebook to groom victims

UK convicts two child abusers who used Facebook to groom victims

Two UK men have been found guilty of grooming girls via Facebook, enticing them into meetings at hotels, cars and alleyways where they then raped and sexually abused victims as young as 13.

Convicted Facebook paedophile walks free

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A UK man the police called "every parent's nightmare" admitted to eight counts of inciting children to engage in sexual activity, as well as two counts of making indecent images of children. He was sentenced to 3 years of rehab, with no prison time, and people are furious at the idea that he's walking free.

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.