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Child abuse images being traded via secure apps

Child abuse images being traded via secure apps

Technology
Images of child sexual abuse and stolen credit card numbers are being openly traded on encrypted apps, a BBC investigation has found.Security experts told Radio 4's File on 4 programme that the encrypted apps were taking over from the dark web as a venue for crime.The secure messaging apps, including Telegram and Discord, have become popular following successful police operations against criminal markets operating on what is known as the dark web - a network that can only be accessed by special browsers.The secure apps have both a public and encrypted side. Often, the public side is listed online so users can search and join groups advertising drugs, stolen financial data and other illegal material. Once a group is joined, howeve...
Jacob deGrom’s Cy Young Award breaks while being mailed

Jacob deGrom’s Cy Young Award breaks while being mailed

Sports
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A chunk of wood was missing and letters were chipped off of Jacob deGrom's 2018 Cy Young Award while the hardware was being shipped from New York to Florida. The New York Mets told ESPN and Newsday that they are sending the award back to its manufacturer for repairs. DeGrom, 30, won the award after posting a 1.70 ERA last season, the best mark in Major League Baseball. The two-time All-Star was 10-9 in his 32 starts. He received the award at the Baseball Writers' Association of America dinner in January in Manhattan. Most of the damage to the award came on the word "outstanding," which had several of its letters scraped off. The word appears in the script: "Cy Young Award presented to Jacob deGrom the outstanding National League pitcher 2018." DeGrom, who is making $ 17 m...
Saudi teen barricades herself in hotel as she fights being sent home

Saudi teen barricades herself in hotel as she fights being sent home

World
A Saudi teenager trying to flee her "abusive" family has barricaded herself inside a hotel in Thailand as she resists attempts to send her home. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun's passport has been seized by Thai authorities, and the 18-year-old says she fears her family will kill her if she is sent back to the Arab kingdom.The teenager has tweeted a video which shows her barricading her hotel door with a table and a mattress.Ms Alqunun is seeking asylum in Australia and has been pleading for help on social media.The UN's refugee agency has said it is following the case and "trying to seek access from Thai authorities" to meet with her.She told Human Rights Watch that she is fleeing abuse from her family, and alleges she had suffered beatings and death threats from male relatives who...
George Michael APOLOGISES to Fadi Fawaz – despite being called a ‘f****d up icon’

George Michael APOLOGISES to Fadi Fawaz – despite being called a ‘f****d up icon’

Entertainment
Christmas Day 2018 will mark two years since musical icon George Michael died at the age of 53 from natural causes; consisting of dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver.The soulful singer, whose hits included the likes of Faith and Freedom, was adored by fans the world-over.His following was treated to a deeper look into George’s life upon his death in his documentary –  George Michael: Freedom.The short film explored all aspects of the notoriously private singer’s life – from his tumultuous relationship with Sony record label, to his heartbreak over the death of his first love Anselmo Feleppa – which many say George never fully recovered from. Related Articles But the former WHAM member inadvertently found himself at the middle of sca...
L Devine: 'Girls can write about more than being sexy'

L Devine: 'Girls can write about more than being sexy'

Entertainment
Christmas came early for L Devine this year. Six weeks early, to be precise.In mid-November the 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Whitley Bay was named on YouTube's list of ones to watch for next year, alongside BBC Sound of 2019 listees Mahalia, Octavian, Grace Carter and Slowthai. Remarkable really, considering - unlike all of the above - she'd never even played a proper live gig.That all changed just two weeks later when, by popular demand, the newcomer - who doesn't use her full name, Olivia Devine, to avoid confusion with the porn star - made a short-but-startling two-song solo live debut at the Great Escape's First 50 showcase.The set included an intimate guitar rendition of her ode to young gay love, Daughter (see below), and an energetic performance of the title track from her new...