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Pakistani Man arrested for selling Child Pornography Online, confessed he lured 25 Children into it

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Islamabad, April 13, 2017: A Pakistani man arrested for selling child pornography online has confessed that he lured some 25 children into the heinous act on the pretext of imparting them computer education, the media reported on Thursday.

The Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) cyber crime wing on Tuesday arrested Saadat Amin, 45, from Sargodha in Punjab province and seized his computer and laptop, reports Dawn online.

FIA cyber crime head Deputy Director Shahid Hasan said the scam is “first of its kind” in Pakistan.

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“During interrogation Amin revealed that he had been selling child pornographic content online for the last few years. Amin used to lure children on the pretext of imparting computer education. He even paid between 3,000 and 5,000 Pakistani rupees to the parents of the victims, saying that their children would learn computer hardware and software (skills) at his one-room rented workshop in Sargodha,” an FIA official told Dawn.

The FIA cyber crime wing launched a probe into the matter on being informed by Norwegian Embassy through a letter that the country’s police had arrested a man in connection with the child pornographic content and that Saadat Amin was one of his accomplices in Pakistan.

According to Amin, he not only sold his own recordings but also “video clips hacked from the servers of Russian and Bangladeshi porn websites to buyers in Norway and Sweden.”

The Norwegian man paid Amin between $100 and $400 for different videos involving young boys, the official said.

So far, the FIA has recovered some 65,000 child pornography video clips from the Amin’s possession hacked from foreign websites. (IANS)

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Child Pornography Being Spread Through WhatsApp: Report

Child pornography, however, is not the only problem, that the messaging platform is currently battling.

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Traders of child pornography have been using WhatsApp to distribute their disturbing content without much of a hurdle, said a media report.

In the absence of adequate human moderators, such material is slipping by the automated systems of the popular instant messaging platform that offers end-to-end encryption for its users, TechCrunch reported on Thursday.

Third-party apps for finding WhatsApp groups offer invite links to join users trading child pornography material, according to a report from two Israeli NGOs — Screen Savers and Netivei Reshe.

Many of these groups are currently active, TechCrunch found in its investigation. Some of these groups do not even hide what they are into, according to anti-exploitation start-up AntiToxin.

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WhatsApp’s moderators should have been able to find these groups and put a stop to them

Facebook was found wanting in its efforts to prevent the spread of such material on WhatsApp, according to the TechCrunch investigation.

Even without technical solutions that would require a weakening of encryption, WhatsApp’s moderators should have been able to find these groups and put a stop to them, the report said.

Also Read: Central Government Blocked over 3500 Child Pornography Websites

Child pornography, however, is not the only problem, that the messaging platform is currently battling. In countries like India, WhatsApp has also been linked to rumours leading to lynching of dozens of people. (IANS)