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Senator files bill to help fund internet crime investigations | FOX59

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Investigators say they’re seeing more internet crimes against children and an increasing severity of them. Now one state lawmaker wants to make sure agencies get more funding to investigate these crimes.

“I think it’s becoming increasingly easy for offenders to come in contact online with increasingly younger and younger child victims,” said Captain Chuck Cohen with Indiana State Police.

Cohen said Indiana is seeing more child pornography, online child solicitation and online child sexual extortion each year.

“As an example we receive reports form the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and for the calendar year 2017 we received 2,291 reports,” he said.

Last year, it was 2,119, in 2015 it was 2,055 and in 2014 the number was 1,707 according to data Cohen provided.

He said the investigations often go beyond Indiana, require skilled investigators, are technically complex and more and more expensive.

“I am looking for a way to create a

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Senator files bill to help fund internet crime investigations

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Investigators say they’re seeing more internet crimes against children and an increasing severity of them. Now one state lawmaker wants to make sure agencies get more funding to investigate these crimes.

“I think it’s becoming increasingly easy for offenders to come in contact online with increasingly younger and younger child victims,” ISP Captain Chuck Cohen said.

Cohen said Indiana is seeing more child pornography, online child solicitation and online child sexual extortion each year.

“As an example we receive reports form the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and for the calendar year 2017 we received 2,291 reports,” he said.

Last year, it was 2,119, in 2015 it was 2,055 and in 2014 the number was 1,707 according to data Cohen provided.

He said the investigations often go beyond Indiana, require skilled investigators, are technically complex and more and more expensive.

“I am looking for a way to create a fund that would

Read more at: http://fox59.com/2018/01/11/senator-files-bill-to-help-fund-internet-crime-investigations/

How Ohio’s internet investigators cope with the stress of having to view child pornography

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Canton police detective Bryan Allen watched a video on his computer that disturbed him so much that he left work and went home to process what he saw.

Allen is 22-year veteran of law enforcement and a member of the Cleveland FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force and the video was of a man raping a boy, no older than two years old. Allen is required to look at these sorts of videos as part of his job, and his job takes its toll.

“Some of them just take it out of you,” the 48-year-old detective said.

Allen and the hundreds of other investigators who work child pornography and exploitation cases nationwide must reckon with the short- and long-term psychological impact of repeatedly being exposed to images of helpless children being violated.

Three investigators interviewed by cleveland.com spoke of the taxing nature of the work. All three have to undergo a yearly psychological

Read more at: http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/index.ssf/2018/01/how_ohios_internet_investigato.html

Treasury Department Concludes Fraud Investigation into ComputerCOP "Internet Safety" Software

Three years ago, EFF exposed how hundreds of law enforcement agencies were putting families at risk by distributing free ComputerCOP “Internet safety” software that actually transmitted keystrokes unencrypted to a third-party server. Our report also raised serious questions about whether the company was deceiving government agencies by circulating a bogus letter of endorsement from a top official in the U.S. Treasury Department.

 This month, our suspicions were confirmed. A document obtained through the Freedom of Information Act shows that, in response to EFF’s research, the Treasury Department’s Inspector General launched an investigation into ComputerCOP. The final report concluded that the company had, in fact, doctored a government letter to improperly convince law enforcement agencies to spend asset forfeiture funds to buy the product.

Read the Treasury Department’s investigative report and exhibits

Unfortunately, the report shows that ComputerCOP dodged criminal prosecution because the statute of limitations expired. Nevertheless, the records should

Read more at: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/11/treasury-inspector-general-concludes-fraud-investigation-computercop-internet

Internet safety about making smart choices

Internet safety about making smart choices

Internet safety about making smart choices

Photo by Jon GardPanelists during a cybersafety presentation Tuesday at Kesling Middle School were, from left, Kesling Principal Bill Wilmsen, Boston Middle School Principal Deborah Carter, La Porte Police Detective Vince Bowman, La Porte County Prosecutor John Espar and Sheriff’s Deputy Marvin McCoy, the student resource officer at La Porte High School.

Read more at: http://www.thenewsdispatch.com/news/article_a870a846-04dd-54bf-8e96-e6ceb0c036ec.html

How the internet changed the market for sex

“Elle” is a 63-year-old sex worker. She’s been at it for decades, and what makes her extraordinary isn’t just her longevity in the business, but her ability to adapt to a changing market. Sex work is as old as civilization, but in the past 20 years the market for illegal sex services has undergone a radical transformation thanks to the internet, upending how it is sold and priced. There are now more women selling sex, more overall encounters, and—unlike in many other industries disrupted by the web—higher wages for workers.

Gregory DeAngelo, an economist at the University of West Virginia, scraped 17 years’ worth of data from The Erotic Review, a website that is like the Yelp for illegal sex services. The dataset features about 1.1 million reviews, which contain extremely detailed descriptions of encounters, time spent, features of the sex worker, and price. According to data on the site, average

Read more at: https://qz.com/1065881/how-the-internet-changed-the-market-for-sex/

Trump signs Blumenthal bill on child internet safety – Meriden Record

MERIDEN — President Donald Trump Friday signed into law a bill that reauthorizes funding and support to law enforcement to investigate internet crimes against minors, ensuring funding will continue through 2022. 

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who introduced the bill, said the funding is necessary to ensure police officers are able to keep up with the evolving ways technology is used to both target minors for sexual relationships and to trade child pornography. 

“This kind of work is demanding and difficult, but nothing is more important than protecting our children,” Blumenthal said during a press conference at the state forensic lab. 

Blumenthal announced at the 12:30 p.m. press conference that Trump had signed the bill, which was cosponsored by John Cornyn, R-Texas, earlier in the day. 

The PROTECT Our Children Act reauthorizes the original act, which became law in 2008, continuing the National Internet Crimes Against Children Data System and the National

Read more at: http://www.myrecordjournal.com/News/State/Trump-signs-Blumenthal-s-bill-targeting-internet-sexual-predators.html

Curious internet users may have solved Akron’s oldest active missing person’s case

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