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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...
YouTube U-turn over child abuse singer

YouTube U-turn over child abuse singer

Technology
YouTube has decided to delete singer Austin Jones's channel, after he admitted exchanging sexually explicit images and videos with underage girls.The video-sharing site was criticised after it left the singer's videos online, despite him pleading guilty to charges in court. Other social networks were quick to remove his content but YouTube had decided not to act.It has now deleted the 26-year-old musician's channel.Custody callJones was arrested in 2017 and charged with possession of indecent images of children.He had gained more than half a million subscribers on YouTube uploading cover versions of hit songs.But he was accused of exchanging sexually explicit images and videos with underage girls between 2010 and 2017. Court documents said he had conversa...
Child abuse images hidden in crypto-currency blockchain

Child abuse images hidden in crypto-currency blockchain

Technology
Images of child sexual abuse have been found embedded in the system powering a high-profile crypto-currency.Somebody added the illegal images to the core ledger of Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) by using a payment processor.This ledger, known as the blockchain, is a running record of crypto-currency transactions, shared among users of the platform.Experts have warned that abuse of blockchain tech is a growing problem.How did this happen?The blockchain is central to the way many crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin work and in theory stops people making fake transactions or manipulating their account balance.One key feature of the blockchain is that information added to it cannot be changed without significant effort. In January, the amount of data that could b...
Face-to-face with child soldiers told to rape and kill in South Sudan

Face-to-face with child soldiers told to rape and kill in South Sudan

World
By Alex Crawford, special correspondent, in Yambio, South Sudan Sky News has been given special access to child soldiers in the east-central African country of South Sudan - and found worrying signs that some may return to fighting if conditions don't improve soon.Our inquiries also found repeated examples of rape being used as a weapon of war, and we have also spoken to the child soldiers ordered to carry out those rapes. A peace deal and ceasefire agreed by the warring parties last year is still holding, prompting hundreds of child recruits to run away from their captors, while others have been freed. But a further 19,000 children are estimated to still be in captivity in the bush working for the different militias. ...
Kim Kardashian expecting fourth child via surrogate

Kim Kardashian expecting fourth child via surrogate

Entertainment
Kim Kardashian West has confirmed rumours she is going to have a fourth child, and revealed it will be a boy. The reality TV star and her rapper husband Kanye West will have the baby via a surrogate mother, as they did with their third child Chicago last year.After much speculation, Kardashian West confirmed the news during an appearance with sisters Kourtney and Khloe on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. "Are you working on another child?" Cohen asked, to which she replied: "We are."The baby will arrive "sometime soon", she said.In response to her sisters, who were shocked to see the 38-year-old announcing news, she said there was no point keeping it secret as the news is already "out there"."I got drunk at our Christmas Eve party and I told some people," she said...