Monday, August 5, 2013

Hackers now stashing child pornography on business websites

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So is the FBI, based on these stories.

08/05/2013

By Arturo Garcia

A new study from an online watchdog group shows a surge in complaints that hackers are manipulating both adult and regular business sites to spread viruses and images of children being sexually assaulted.

According to the BBC, the group, the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), has tracked 227 reports of use of “orphan folders” to hide the offending material in the past six weeks.

We hadn’t seen significant numbers of hacked websites for around two years, and then suddenly in June we started seeing this happening more and more,” IWF researcher Sarah Smith said in a statement on the group’s website. “We speculate that the motivation behind the hacking is to distribute malware, specifically a Trojan.”

The IWF said on its website on Monday that the malware is spread when users on targeted adult websites land on certain images or videos linked to the folders, which are hidden on other business sites. One example involved a furniture store site being used as a repository for the images of sexual abuse.

A British web security specialist, Graham Cluley, speculated to The Independent that the scheme may seek to take advantage of the country’s new “opt-in” policy toward accessing adult content on home computers in order to blackmail people who fall victim to the scam.

What better way to scare someone into paying a ransom than to tell them that they have been spotted accessing child pornography?” Cluley told the Independent. “Many people who receive a message like that would be petrified of contacting the police to check if it’s true, or taking the computer down to PC World to be checked over.”


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Dr. Levenson will discuss a new study of transient sex offenders in the context of residence restriction laws in Florida. The entire population of registered sex offenders living in the community in Florida was studied (n = 23,523). Higher proportions of transient (homeless) sex offenders were found in counties with a larger number of restrictions, vast territory covered by these laws, wide-distance buffer zones, bus stop restrictions, higher population density, and expensive housing costs. The implications for sex offenders and their families will be discussed.


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Dr. Levenson is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Sciences at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. She is also a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of practice experience in interpersonal violence with a specialty in sexual abuse. She provides treatment for sex offenders in Broward County.

Dr. Levenson’s area of research interest involves studying the impact and effectiveness of social policies and therapeutic interventions designed to reduce sexual violence. She has been a co-investigator or consultant on four grants funded by the U.S. Department of Justice investigating the effectiveness of sex offender registration and notification in preventing recidivism. She has published over eighty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has co-authored three books on the treatment of sex offenders and their families. She is known as an international expert on sexual aggression and is frequently quoted in the media. She received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from Florida International University in 2003. She earned her Master's degree in Social Work from University of Maryland in 1987, and her BA in Sociology from University of Pittsburgh in 1985

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Online And Anonymous: New Challenges To Prosecuting Sex Trafficking

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08/03/2013

By NPR Staff



Excerpt:
Monday, the FBI announced the success of a three-day, multicity child sex trafficking operation. The seventh and largest of its kind, the raid recovered 106 teenagers and arrested 152 pimps. Aged 13 to 17, almost all of the young people found were girls.

Operation Cross Country highlights an ongoing — and often hidden — problem in the U.S.: the trafficking of young people.

The trade itself is not new, but the digital age is changing the tactics used by both pimps and law enforcement.

Trolling The Internet

John Ryan is CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. His organization worked in partnership with the FBI on Operation Cross Country, collecting and analyzing information on missing and exploited children.

"Up until about five years ago, sex trafficking of both adults and children were occurring in traditional venues, like street corners and alleys, bus stops," he tells NPR's Jacki Lyden. "The Internet has changed all that, particularly through social media platforms."

Sifting through those online channels was critical to the recent operation. During the FBI raids, the organization's office functioned like a command center, analyzing data gathered from the Internet.


CA - Palmdale deputy Jose Rigoberto Sanchez due in court on rape, bribery charges

To protect and serve?
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Don't you just feel so "safe" with all these police officers out there committing sexual and/or other crimes?

07/31/2013

LOS ANGELES - A 28-year-old deputy who worked patrol in the Palmdale Sheriff's Station was under orders to appear in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom today to say how he pleads to rape and bribery charges involving women who were pulled over for supposed traffic violations.

Jose Rigoberto Sanchez, a seven-year veteran of the force, was taken into custody at his home about 5:30 p.m. Monday on suspicion of raping a woman and soliciting bribes from her and another woman while on duty nearly three years ago, the sheriff's department reported.

Sanchez has been jailed in lieu of nearly $1.5 million bail while awaiting arraignment in Los Angeles Superior Court this morning on 11 felony counts. If tried and convicted, he could be sentenced up to life in state prison, according to the District Attorney's Office.

He is charged with two counts of soliciting a bribe and one count each of kidnapping to commit another crime, rape by fear or duress, rape under color of authority, sexual penetration by a foreign object, sexual penetration under color of authority, sodomy by fear or duress, sodomy under color of authority, oral copulation by fear or duress and oral copulation under color of authority

The charges follow an extensive investigation by the District Attorney's Justice System Integrity Division and involve traffic stops of two female motorists. All but one of the counts involve a woman who was stopped Sept. 22, 2010.

Sanchez allegedly offered not to arrest the woman on an outstanding warrant in exchange for sex, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Two nights later, he pulled over another woman on suspicion of driving under the influence and allegedly solicited a bribe in the form of sexual activity, according to the District Attorney's Office.

A six-month investigation into a 2010 incident began with a tip from an informant and the case was turned over to the District Attorney's Office in January of 2011, authorities said.

Sanchez was relieved of duty with pay in 2010 and without pay starting Monday, when he was arrested, officials said.


NH - Tensions on rise as glass door, window smashed at Concord counseling center

Concord police responded after a post office worker found a glass door and a window smashed
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Invest in some security cameras.

08/04/2013

By BEN LEUBSDORF

In an apparent act of vandalism, someone threw bricks through a glass door and a window at RTT Associates, the sex-offender counseling center that city officials are trying to evict from a mostly residential neighborhood.

The damage, discovered yesterday morning, comes amid growing tension over RTT’s presence in the office building.

The firm has quietly operated there since 2005, providing counseling services to sex offenders, substance-abuse patients and others. But a man identified by prosecutors as an RTT client was arrested in May and accused of breaking into a nearby house and touching an 11-year-old girl. Neighbors have since expressed concern about the center and its clients.

In June, the city ordered RTT to leave the building, calling it “a hazard to the health safety and general welfare of the public.” RTT, which also has offices in Manchester and Rochester, appealed that order Friday.

Now, the situation appears to have escalated.

David Ossoff, the building’s owner, said a brick was thrown through a glass door labeled with RTT’s corporate logo, smashing it. A second brick was thrown through a nearby window, punching a hole in it. No other damage was immediately apparent, he said.

The damage was discovered about 10:30 a.m. yesterday by a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier, who called the police.

It’s not clear exactly when the incident occurred, or if it’s even connected to the ongoing fight over RTT’s presence. Lt. John Zbehlik of the Concord Police Department declined to release any information, saying the incident was under investigation.

We haven’t made an arrest,” he said.

But Ossoff noted the Monitor ran a front-page story yesterday about the counseling center’s attempt to appeal the city’s order that it leave the building.

It seems like it’s just someone who was angry about (the Monitor’s) story and decided to act on it,” he said.

RTT’s attorney, Roger Chadwick, agreed.

I would strongly suggest that it’s in response to the article in the Monitor,” Chadwick said. “And I don’t mean by that that it’s the Monitor’s fault. . . (but) that probably prompted some fool who doesn’t know exactly what RTT does to act out.”

Ward 4 Councilor Amanda Grady Sexton, who lives down the street and has been a critic of RTT’s continued presence in the neighborhood, condemned the attack on its facility.

This kind of vandalism is unacceptable, period,” Grady Sexton said. “People are upset, but this is not the appropriate way to express their feelings. If people have concerns with RTT operating in this neighborhood, then I encourage them to contact the property owner and ask him to evict them.”

Ossoff said he decided not to appeal the city’s decision to revoke zoning approval for RTT to operate in his building, but the company did. The city is now trying to determine if RTT, as a tenant, has the legal standing to make such an appeal.

We’re going to abide by whatever decision is made,” Ossoff said.

Chadwick said the smashed glass doesn’t change RTT’s position that it should be allowed to stay.

If anything, this makes you want to dig in your heels,” he said.

Ossoff emphasized that everyone involved is working to resolve the situation.

He also said he’s trying to set up an on-site security detail for the building, and Chadwick said RTT has asked the Concord police for an increased presence in the area.

RTT does counseling with a host of people besides sex offenders, and so obviously it puts those people at risk and in fear. Nobody wants to go anywhere windows are being smashed in,” Chadwick said.

RTT’s owner, Kris Geno, indicated through a police officer that she didn’t want to speak to a Monitor reporter.

The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1860, with an addition in 1868, it was part of the then-New Hampshire State Prison complex, but passed into private hands in 1880 and has since been used as a manufacturing plant, a car dealership and, since the late 1970s, an office building.

In addition to RTT, the building’s tenants include Quest Yoga Studio, Concord Pilates and the New Hampshire Public Employee Labor Relations Board.