Child pornographers use online social networks to foil investigators

The raid started out as routine. Investigators had heard that a convicted sex offender in Seattle was talking to others about sexually abusing a child.When they raided Brian Rubenaker’s home, they found he was trading in child pornography. But just as disquieting as the pictures of sexual abuse was the computer program that Rubenaker, 45, was using — it signaled to investigators that they were looking at a new front in their battle against illicit images.Federal investigators said this was the first time they had come across the Google Hello program, a now-defunct instant messaging system for photos, in a child-pornography case.

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