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International child abuse webcam ring smashed after routine police check

A routine visit to a registered sex offender in Northamptonshire has led to the uncovering of a global child abuse ring. An organised crime group centred in the Philippines arranged for children to be sexually abused live on webcam in exchange for payment. Some of the facilitators were reportedly members of the children’s own …
John Leyden, 17 Jan 2014
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GCHQ was called in to crack password in Watkins child abuse case

It was operatives at British intelligence agency GCHQ who cracked the password on the laptop of "determined paedophile" Ian Watkins, a court heard on Tuesday. The evidence heard in court related to child abuse images held in cloud storage, whose password the GCHQ unit had to "crack" to gain access to them. Ian Watkins, 36, …
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2013
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'Online sex abuse of children is growing trend', warn Brit net cops

Paedophiles are increasingly targeting kids online and pressuring them to perform sex acts that are recorded on mobile phones, net-cop quango the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre warned today. It said, after carrying out joint research with the University of Birmingham, that an "alarming new trend" was …
Kelly Fiveash, 4 Feb 2013
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UK's web super-snoop powers could be extended to councils

The UK Border Agency (UKBA), local councils and other bodies have until the end of next week to justify their right to access citizens' communications records. Home Secretary Theresa May appeared to offer a minor concession to civil liberties campaigners by considering excluding various public organisations from her proposed …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Jul 2012
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Paedophiles ‘disguise’ child abuse pages as legit websites

Child abusers are latching onto new methods to distribute paedophilic material online, according to an annual report by the Internet Watch Foundation. The study, published on Monday, reports that paedophiles are ‘disguising’ websites to appear as if they host only legitimate content. However, if an internet user follows a …
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2012
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Police probe Twitter child abuse images

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre is investigating a Twitter account displaying child sex abuse images. Twitter has made much of not bowing to the UK courts when it comes to coverage of super-injunctions, but abuse images normally get less support from freedom of speech advocates. The mini-blog site has been …
John Oates, 21 Jun 2011
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Stranger danger: Worse online, or on the street?

There have been more than 2,000 child victims of "on street" grooming since 2008, but poor data collection makes combating the problem more difficult - according to an official report. Data collected by police and other agencies is patchy at best. Out of 2,083 victims recorded between January 2008 and March 2011 many did not …
John Oates, 20 Jun 2011
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CEOP announces 'record results' in child protection battle

Child protection net-cop quango the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre has announced what it describes as "record results" in its fifth annual statistics. According to the agency, during 2010-2011 CEOP was responsible for the safeguarding of 414 children, the arrest of 513 child sex offenders and the …
Lewis Page, 31 May 2011
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CEOP to retain ops control under National Crime Agency

The government, in an effort to allay criticism about its decision to fold the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) into a new National Crime Agency along with other bodies, confirmed today that the agency would retain operational control. In October last year, the organisation's then-CEO Jim Gamble resigned …
Kelly Fiveash, 9 May 2011
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Child protection website insecurity fixed

A member of the public was shocked to find that links to a web page used to report incidents of suspected child abuse to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre were insecure. Concerned parties visiting a confidential report abuse webpage on CEOP's webpage from either Facebook or Google were directed to an …
John Leyden, 11 Apr 2011
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Operation Ore was based on flawed evidence from the start

Exclusive Britain’s biggest ever computer crime investigation, Operation Ore, was flawed by a catalogue of “discrepancies, errors and uncertainties”, disclosed reports of two national police conferences seen by The Register reveal. The police memoranda show that within months of the operation launching in April 2002, detectives who …
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Euro police smash online paedophile ring

A huge paedophile network behind a Netherlands-based online forum called boylover.net has been smashed and 184 suspects have been arrested, following a worldwide police operation. More than 4,000 intelligence reports were issued to police authorities in over 30 countries in Europe and elsewhere, said Europol. So far 230 …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Mar 2011
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Internet Watch Foundation: Abuse images takedown speeds up

The number of URLs hosting child abuse content has risen significantly over the last year – but the scale of the problem has not changed, and take-down time has improved dramatically. Those were the highlights of yesterday's Internet Watch Foundation 2010 Annual Report (PDF/3.9MB) presented to an assembly of the great and the …
Jane Fae , 16 Mar 2011
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CEOP chief accuses UK.gov of putting kids at risk

Britain's most senior anti-paedophile policeman, who resigned last week in a row with the Home Secretary over the future of his organisation, has told MPs he quit because a proposed new structure will put children at risk. Jim Gamble, chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), today appeared …
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McCanns join CEOP quango row

Theresa May is sticking to her plan to merge the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) into a larger law enforcement agency, despite further protests from Kate and Gerry McCann. The couple's intervention follows the resignation of CEOP chief executive Jim Gamble, who quit after the Home Secetary made it clear …
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Internet firms welcome CEOP chief's exit

Exclusive Jim Gamble's resignation as Britain's most senior child protection policeman has today been welcomed by a broad coalition of internet firms, who said they had been alienated by his aggressive approach. Major ISPs and websites joined to criticise the former Northern Ireland intelligence chief's strategy at the head of the Child …
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CEOP claims success for Facebook 'panic button'

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has received 211 reports of "suspicious activity" on Facebook since the launch of a branded app last month, it announced today. By comparison, earlier this year CEOP said it received 257 complaints about activity on the dominant social network in three months. The " …
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SOCA 'faces axe'

The Serious and Organised Crime Agency, created just four years ago and presented as Britain's answer to the FBI, is to be scrapped by coalition ministers, it's reported. A Home Office consultation to be published today will propose replacing the secretive organisation with a National Crime Agency, which would include a new …

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