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Europe supplants US as biggest source of child abuse hubs

Europe now hosts majority of child sex abuse images (60 per cent), pushing North America into second place (37 per cent), according to an annual report from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). In contrast, UK now hosts less than 0.1 per cent of child sexual abuse imagery globally, something IWF credits as down to a "zero …
John Leyden, 3 Apr 2017

Child abuse image hash list shared with major web firms

The Internet Watch Foundation, Blighty's voluntary body for policing and filtering the 'net for child abuse images, has announced nearly 19,000 hashes of "category A" abuse images have already been stored in its new Hash List and distributed to major web firms. The abuse images are sorted into categories A, B, and C, with "A" …
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IWF shares 'hash list' with web giants to flush out child sex abuse images online

The UK's telco-backed Internet Watch Foundation has distributed a hash list of child abuse images to the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter – in an attempt to hasten the removal of such content across the globe. Microsoft's PhotoDNA was one of the technologies used by the IWF to create the hashes, which serve as digital …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Aug 2015

NSPCC: Two nonces nailed by cops every day

Two years on from the launch of David Cameron's internet crackdown in Blighty, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) reckons two offenders are convicted every day for possessing child-abuse images. "This is an alarming study and just a fragment of the hundreds of other similar convictions …

IWF took down over 31,000 child sexual abuse URLs in 2014

Last year saw a 136 per cent increase in identified and subsequently removed child abuse imagery, according to a just-released report from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). In its Annual Report for 2014, the body revealed that its new ability to actively seek out criminal content has been effective in allowing it to …

Child porn hidden in legit hacked websites: 100s redirected to sick images

Innocent companies' websites are being hacked to serve images of child sex abuse, the Internet Watch Foundation has warned. The charity said that, in the past six weeks, it has received 227 reports of netizens being directed from completely legal online porno sites to web pages on a second server containing illegal material. …
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German ransomware threatens with sick kiddie smut

Security technicians at Sophos are poring over a new piece of ransomware that uses images of purported child sexual abuse to extort money from internet users, a discovery that has prompted an alert from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). The malware activates when a user is online, and opens a browser-locking screen that …
Iain Thomson, 5 Apr 2013
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Four in ten Brits have had to change all their passwords to foil crooks

A survey of over 3,000 Brits has discovered that more than half (56 per cent) have been targeted by online criminals with a successful attack costing, on average, £247 per person. The study, released on Monday to coincide with the start of the annual Get Safe Online awareness week, discovered that almost one in five (17 per …
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2012
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UK net-biz cleanup squad plans to establish international operations

The Internet Watch Foundation has made improvement of international co-operation a key objective in the next phase of its fight against the online distribution of child abuse content. Establishing an international arm to fight paedophile content is at the centre of the Internet Watch Foundation’s (IWF) new three-year strategy …
John Leyden, 25 Jun 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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Global BlackBerry web filter vow to block child abuse sites

RIM's proxy-style web delivery is bypassing mobile network operators' filters on internet filth, including the thoroughly illegal sites listed by the Internet Watch Foundation, much to the delight disgust of the Daily Mail. RIM admits that it isn't implementing a block on sites identified by the IWF as hosts of banned material …
Bill Ray, 12 Dec 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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Mumsnet backtracks support for net filter

Cuddly, child-loving web forum, mumsnet was last night licking its wounds after a page providing fairly uncritical support for government proposals to censor the web was first mauled by geek attack – and then taken down. However, in a swift repositioning, mumsnet have now come out as part of the search for a solution, rather …
Jane Fae , 10 Feb 2011
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Police moot pop-up social network warnings

Exclusive Police chiefs have privately proposed that social networking sites hosted overseas should carry pop-up government health warnings, as part of measures to increase surveillance of the internet. In a submission to the Home Office, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) said senior judges or Ministers could decide which …
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Cambridgeshire cops get coy with FOI

Cambridgeshire Police has emerged as the latest force that prefers not to explain itself to the public – and then not to explain why it won’t explain itself. Back in December 2008, following the Internet Watch Foundation’s (IWF) controversial decision to block images of the Scorpions album cover on Wikipedia, a member of the …
Jane Fae , 6 Oct 2009
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IWF takes 'pragmatic' stance on level one images

The head of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has reiterated the organisation's focus on the most serious images of child abuse, implying a recalibration of its efforts to police borderline material. When El Reg spoke with Peter Robbins, Chief Executive of the IWF last month, he was at pains to re-assure us that the the IWF …
Jane Fae , 10 Sep 2009
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New web filter laws questioned by top child abuse cop

New laws reportedly planned for the Queen's Speech to force all internet providers to block access to child pornography websites have been questioned by Britain's top abuse investigator. Jim Gamble, chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), said the blacklist currently used to filter the …
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Britain looks to export net censorship model to Europe

Digital Britain The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is a British success story - and one that our government would dearly like to export overseas. Although it would rather not pay for it, if it can possibly avoid doing so. That is the somewhat Johnny Bullish assessment of how we regulate the internet here in dear old Blighty, taken from the …
Jane Fae , 17 Jun 2009

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