p2pnet news view | Crime:- In AT&T and AOL we trust.
Following the lead of the entertainment cartels who long ago identified kiddie porn as a great way to generate headlines, AT&T Inc and Time Warner Inc’s AOL unit have now taken on the mantles of public guardians —- even though no one asked them.
They’ve agreed to “purge” their Net servers of child pornography identified by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), promises New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo.
An “an unprecedented undercover investigation … revealed a major source of online child pornography known as Newsgroups, an online service not associated with websites,” says the AG’s office.
Newsgroups, eh? Must remember that.
Cuomo explains >>>
The Newsgroups act as online public bulletin boards where users can upload and download files. Users access Newsgroups through their internet service providers.
Last month Verizon, Time Warner Cable, and Sprint said they’ll shut down the, “major sources for online child pornography,” say the Cuomo PR people.
“The companies have also agreed to shut down access to child pornography newsgroups, online bulletin boards that are a major supplier of illegal images,” they have him saying, observing the agreements will affect surfers throughout the country, “not just in New York”.
Cuomo also announced a new Web site, www.nystopchildporn.com, that provides details on which ISPs have signed agreements with his office to eradicate access to child porn on their servers.
And the New York AG office has itself joined in by developing a, “new system for identifying online content that contains child pornography,” says Reuters.
Cuomo revealed every online picture has a unique hash value that, “once identified and collected, can be used to digitally match the same image elsewhere,” says the story.
“By building a library of these hash values, investigators were able to filter through tens of thousands of online files at a time, quickly identifying which ISPs were providing access to child pornography images,” it states.
Did we thank Cuomo, et al?
The blurbs in the list of participants look like they were lifted wholesale from the companies’ marketing hand-books.
. .Stumble It!
Reuters – More Internet companies to remove child porn sites, July 10, 2008
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