Gaming consoles used to access child porn

Law enforcement agencies around the world are investigating cases which see child exploitation material downloaded and stored on gaming consoles. Several devices have been seized recently by the cyber crime team of the Australian Federal Police, while American police report that paedophiles are using gaming networks and chat fetaures in order to find and groom their victims.

Xbox 360

...secretly full of inappropriate material...

The AFP has refused to reveal details of its recent stings, but reports that it is “continuing” to identify child pornography and other cyber crimes being acted out through gaming consoles.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Navy have started researching ways of allowing the government to hack into users’ gaming consoles, and the Australian authorities report they are working closely together on these crimes.

This new development is worrying, however, as privacy groups protest the government’s decision. They claim citizens’ privacy is being compromised, while the DHS explains it only “taps into” gaming consoles in order to find paedophiles and seek out terrorists.

Just last month, Montana Catholic priest Rudolph Carl Bullman was arrested after his DS was discovered to contain images of nude, underage boys.

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