The vast, and growing, volume of child abuse material being created and shared online is threatening to overwhelm police efforts to tackle it, senior officers have told the Guardian.
A hotline for reporting suspected child abuse material online had a record month in September, with calls increasing 45%, driven by the shift to working from home and more time spent online, an internet watchdog has said.
Public tipoffs about online child sexual exploitation material have surged during the coronavirus pandemic, prompting the authorities to warn that, statistically, every Australian would know an abuser.
An international policeman involved in online child protection has slammed the domain name industry for not doing enough to protect children online while attending the ICANN Silicon Valley San Francisco meeting this week The Register reports.One of Interpol’s most senior policemen said the domain name industry and ICANN are “not doing enough to help law enforcement tackle child abuse imagery online.””Garda Síochána’s Michael Moran, on secondment to Interpol for the last five years as Coordinator of the Crimes Against Children team” gave two issues on which he was unhappy.”First, he said that police lack a reliable way to quickly request that domains that lead to images of child abuse are suspended. Second, he said the accuracy of Whois records, which ostensibly contain the true name and contact information of domain name owners, needs to be more strictly enforced, so that abusers can be tracked down and arrested.”To read the report in The Register in full, see: