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New Artificial intelligence (AI) Software can automatically Detect new Child Sexual Abuse Photos and Videos Online Networks

The new toolkit automatically detects the new or previously unknown child sexual abuse media with the use of artificial intelligence

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London, December 4, 2016: Artificial intelligence software developed by the scientists can automatically detect new child sexual abuse photos and videos online networks and it help to prosecute offenders.

According to PTI report, “There are hundreds of searches for child abuse images every second worldwide, resulting in hundreds of thousands of child sexual abuse images and videos being shared every year.”

Researchers said, “The people who produce child sexual abuse media are often abusers themselves, including those from Lancaster University in the UK.”

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“Spotting newly produced media online can give law enforcement agencies the fresh evidence they need to find and prosecute offenders,” they said.

The new toolkit automatically detects the new or previously unknown child sexual abuse media with the use of artificial intelligence.

Author Claudia Peersman from Lancaster University  said, “Identifying new child sexual abuse media is critical because it can indicate recent or ongoing child abuse.”

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Peersman said, “And because originators of such media can be hands-on abusers, their early detection and apprehension can safeguard their victims from further abuse.”

To help law enforcement agents there are already a number of tools available to monitor peer-to-peer networks for child sexual abuse media, but they mainly rely on identifying known media.

Therefore, these tools cannot assess the thousands of results they retrieve and are unable to spot new media that appear.

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According to PTI, “The Identifying and Catching Originators in P2P (iCOP) Networks toolkit uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to flag new and previously unknown child sexual abuse media.”

In an intelligent filtering module, the new approach combines automatic filename and media analysis techniques. The software can now easily identify the new criminal media and differentiate it from other media being shared, like adult pornography.

Since the new system can actually reveal who is sharing known child sexual abuse media, and also will show other files that are shared by those people, it will be very  useful to law enforcers.

– by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

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However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?