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CEOP: Child abuse on P2P must be addressed

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 07 Sep 2009 10:08 User comments (9)

CEOP: Child abuse on P2P must be addressed According to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), the vast majority of pedophile activity on the Internet now takes place on public and private P2P networks. Additionally, offenders have become more aware of how law enforcement can track them down, and are exploiting technology made to protect privacy in order to avoid being identified.
"Our focus must now be on tackling this as a priority," CEOP said in its annual report. "The scale and nature of P2P file sharing involving child abuse images is currently impossible to establish. It is a mode of abuse and image distribution that remains largely unseen to the general public and indeed to the victims themselves."

The agency receives very few reports from the public about child abuse images and videos on P2P networks, and instead get the majority of their reports from Internet industry sources and other non-public sources. To avoid detection, offenders are now increasingly using file encryption software to mask the content being shared on P2P networks; even if investigators download the files, they cannot decrypt them to see their contents.

"This is increasingly pertinent with certain developments in technology that offenders have adapted and adopted to suit their purposes. The key developments that are particularly suited to being exploited by offenders are wireless technology (which we have reported on previously but about which we are now receiving increasing reports) and the use of 'off the shelf' encryption."

In addition to off-the-shelf encryption, there also has been an increase in the use of pro-privacy services, such as TOR, in order to avoid being tracked down. CEOP indicated however that these technologies are used mostly, and increasingly by by innocent everyday Internet users for legitimate purposes.

"There is a general trend for people to become more aware of their privacy when interacting online and perhaps the likelihood that manufacturers will move towards everyday encryption as standard," the report said.

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9 user comments

17.9.2009 10:25

As has been said for quite some time, the groups that would end up benefitting most from the RIAA/MPAA lunacy on file-sharing would be terrorists and paedos.

'Piracy' and file-sharing (not the same thing IMO) was always going to be barely effected, because of the enormous numbers involved doing it across the entire globe.

Well done guys, you helped create a vast 'dark net' and all because you wanted to grasp at every possible cent, no matter how ludicrously futile, costly or harmful the effort ultimately turned out to be.

No doubt there'll also be a little sprinkling of the 'file sharing just helps fund/sustain/maintain terrorists & paedos' stuff thrown in on this but, in the end, this is all the perfectly foreseeable consequence of the insane policies of the 'entertainment industry'.

(only one of the already most profitable businesses on the planet)

Thanks guys, hope you thought it was all worth it.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 07 Sep 2009 @ 10:26

27.9.2009 11:46

No it dose not need to be dealt with as anything can be seen as child porn these days, ergo the FBI and law enforcement needs to make it easier to report and send in information, but then again you would be labeled a predator if you did since you saw that "information" you are reporting.

37.9.2009 12:11

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
No it dose not need to be dealt with as anything can be seen as child porn these days, ergo the FBI and law enforcement needs to make it easier to report and send in information, but then again you would be labeled a predator if you did since you saw that "information" you are reporting.
You are right to a degree ye, the reason they don't get many public reports about this content on P2P networks is unless they look for it, they won't find it. There were a couple of cases where people posted on aD though that they were downloading porn from P2P and found something illegal in their downloads, and didn't know what to do about it.

47.9.2009 12:16

Quote:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
No it dose not need to be dealt with as anything can be seen as child porn these days, ergo the FBI and law enforcement needs to make it easier to report and send in information, but then again you would be labeled a predator if you did since you saw that "information" you are reporting.
You are right to a degree ye, the reason they don't get many public reports about this content on P2P networks is unless they look for it, they won't find it. There were a couple of cases where people posted on aD though that they were downloading porn from P2P and found something illegal in their downloads, and didn't know what to do about it.

Well it would help if they advertised about it and made it easy to report it, it would also be nice if those that report are protected from prosecution unless they are the originator of the files in question.

The public needs to know how to report it, they need to make reporting it easier and there needs to be some protection for those that report it because of how quickly things can degenerate...

57.9.2009 17:28

you smell that its the smell of the RIAA marching to the DOJ, you can see the stench coming of in waves.

as for Child porn its a morality issue, so to say if i had a daughter and i found out about it you could bet your ass you would never make it to prison.

67.9.2009 17:54

Originally posted by DXR88:
you smell that its the smell of the RIAA marching to the DOJ, you can see the stench coming of in waves.

as for Child porn its a morality issue, so to say if i had a daughter and i found out about it you could bet your ass you would never make it to prison.
Well since you don't have a daughter, my guess is that they won't have a problem with you, no?

77.9.2009 18:04

Windsong

So you are ok with a tiered net setup so the system can see everything you have fine teens with questionable photos of themselves as sex predators and parents that dare to take cute funny and silly nude photos of their kids to jail as child pornographers.

Most illegal things are already illegal to add restrictions and "but'if's" only allows government and business to trade rights and freedoms by the pound for an ounce of the appearance of protection.

It should be harder to get user information than it is right now and by all means I do not not mean that child porn should not be at the top of the priority list when things get flagged as child porn, the trouble is all the wrong people tend to have their fingers in all the wrong hole (furgertive pun intended).

A civil suit should not in any way gain private records sorry there's just no reason for it.

87.9.2009 18:43

Quote:
Originally posted by DXR88:
you smell that its the smell of the RIAA marching to the DOJ, you can see the stench coming of in waves.

as for Child porn its a morality issue, so to say if i had a daughter and i found out about it you could bet your ass you would never make it to prison.
Well since you don't have a daughter, my guess is that they won't have a problem with you, no?
i was speaking from a fathers point of view, ever visit your girlfriends house only to be welcomed in by this dooming sensation.

besides sending a child pornographer to prison is cruelty. might as well send him to his grave.

98.9.2009 14:00

How do they figure how to break into a dark net? !!!

I am with Interestx on this one.

It doesn't really matter what I think, I do have a daughter, they have the tools to make them very hard to detect.

For some reason I failed to get outraged over this. The problem is they really do not punish them correctly when they do catch them. I guess I am not outraged that people watch. I am outraged over the initial act.

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