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Paedophiles sell child abuse images for bitcoin

 
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Paedophiles are using the digital currency bitcoin to buy child sexual abuse images online, according to the Internet Watch Foundation.

In its annual report for 2014, the group, which is tasked with attacking the problem of child abuse images online, said a number of the “most prolific commercial” child sexual abuse websites started accepting the currency as a payment for images last year. It discovered 37 websites selling the images for bitcoins between January and April 2014.

The group said that illegal content was being sold in folders on legitimate websites which had been hacked, and that URLs for the websites were distributed via spam emails.

Bitcoin has a number of properties which make it well suited for trading illegal material such as child sex abuse images. The cryptocurrency is completely decentralised, which means that no single authority can prevent trades from being made, or blacklist buyers and sellers.

It is also largely pseudonymous, and there is nothing inherent to a bitcoin wallet that links it to any real-world individual. When the currency is used with care, it can be nearly impossible to discover the people behind online trades – a fact which was responsible for bitcoin’s first major real-world use, underpinning the online drugs marketplace the Silk Road.

But while the currency is often described as “anonymous and untraceable”, there are a number of elements to its design which law enforcement authorities have been able to use to track down people attempting to use bitcoin illegally. The decentralised nature of the currency means that every single transaction is made in public, and in order to convert bitcoins into a conventional currency, they must typically be bought and sold through a bitcoin exchange. Those exchanges are often legally required to keep detailed records on customers, in order to comply with money-laundering regulations.
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The IWF said it was working with several of the world’s largest bitcoin exchanges to share intelligence and develop strategies for preventing the
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The scumbags who do ransom ware are into bitcoin too. They accept bitcoin as payment.
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The scumbags who do ransom ware are into bitcoin too. They accept bitcoin as payment.
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Yeah, seems like criminals gravitate to crypto.
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They should outlaw bitcoin then!
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Re: Paedophiles sell child abuse images for bitcoin
The scumbags who do ransom ware are into bitcoin too. They accept bitcoin as payment.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 75716984


Yeah, seems like criminals gravitate to crypto.
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Then because cryptos are worthless, they convert them back into their national currency.

It only favors the criminal elements who know how to cover their tracks.
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They should outlaw bitcoin then!
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Op is implying that they won't sell for USD

but they will
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Re: Paedophiles sell child abuse images for bitcoin
BAN BITCOIN!
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They should outlaw bitcoin then!
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Op is implying that they won't sell for USD

but they will
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And how do you know that, pray tell?
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Re: Paedophiles sell child abuse images for bitcoin
This shit has been going on for hundreds of years. Bitcoin is the cure!
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They should outlaw bitcoin then!
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Op is implying that they won't sell for USD

but they will
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Gold silver whatever exchange you have

Evil is evil

Does not matter what currency they have

Bitcoin and the BLOCKCHAIN will be the future basis for all
Human freedom

Blockchain contracts will eliminate the ability for people to steal as money flows through organizations / its ALL there for everyone to see - every single transaction - just without a name . If one account gets too greedy / it will show up
"What are you helping with all this helping?" Buddhist saying
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Re: Paedophiles sell child abuse images for bitcoin
They should outlaw bitcoin then!
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Yah! That will stop them!

OR? This is a set up on bit coin?!

Because if we end bit coin all the children will be saved!! Right?





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