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#1 Nick H.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 22:01

Microsoft tip leads to child porn arrest in Pennsylvania
 
A tip-off from Microsoft has led to the arrest of a man in Pennsylvania who has been charged with receiving and sharing child abuse images.

It flagged the matter after discovering that an image involving a young girl had been allegedly saved to the man's OneDrive cloud storage account.
According to court documents, the man was subsequently detected trying to send two illegal pictures via one of Microsoft's live.com email accounts.

Police arrested him on 31 July.


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#2 COKid

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 22:13

Good work by Microsoft. (Y)



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 22:23

the man was subsequently detected trying to send two illegal pictures via one of Microsoft's live.com email accounts.

 

Edward Snowden would be disappointed in him on all sorts of different levels.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 22:31

I think Google and Facebook use the same or similar technology to find child sex predators.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 22:34

I think Google and Facebook use the same or similar technology to find child sex predators.

Google certainly do. Or at least, they do with regards to child sex abuse.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 22:47

Neowin's Google article: "Google takes down sex offender by going through his personal e-mail"

Neowin's future Microsoft article: "Microsoft, unlike Google, had a hunch said individual was storing kiddie action pics.  Doesn't scan like Google, NOPE!  They personally go through e-mails, we dont.  Scroogle everyone... Scroogle! That campaign wasn't just for stupid people... Okay?!! Please don't leave... :("

 

I can see it now.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 23:03

...I can see it now.

I can't comment for the reporters, or even if this will be reported by Neowin. But let's stick to the topic rather than using it to bash others, shall we?

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 23:06

Edward Snowden would be disappointed in him on all sorts of different levels.

 

You would think that scum like these would like to protect themselves. It is no news that PhotoDNA is used by major tech companies to stop exactly this group from doing harm.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 23:11

Before people start shouting about how Microsoft is going through your OneDrive, it's an automatic process. They use an algorithm to identify inappropriate pictures. Besides, it would be ridiculous that they have people going through over 250 million OneDrive accounts.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 23:18

You would think that scum like these would like to protect themselves. It is no news that PhotoDNA is used by major tech companies to stop exactly this group from doing harm.

With the way technology moves I'm sure there are hundreds of people just like this guy, except they know how to protect themselves. This type of technology is only going to catch the criminals that are too careless to protect themselves.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 23:22

Before people start shouting about how Microsoft is going through your OneDrive, it's an automatic process. They use an algorithm to identify inappropriate pictures. Besides, it would be ridiculous that they have people going through over 250 million OneDrive accounts.

 

The screening is an automatic process, no doubt. However, they probably have people that go through - or give the appropriate legal departments permission to access - the accounts of those people who have been flagged by the process.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 23:24

Though I'm glad justice was served. I only see services like this being used less for more encrypted and third party solutions. Which in the end means less people will get caught.

 

I just wonder what happens when a family is caught sharing children in bathtub pictures over these services....



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 23:25

Probably a pretty safe bet that guy also wasn't using something like trucrypt :laugh:



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 23:36

I just wonder what happens when a family is caught sharing children in bathtub pictures over these services....

 

Good question.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 23:37

The screening is an automatic process, no doubt. However, they probably have people that go through - or give the appropriate legal departments permission to access - the accounts of those people who have been flagged by the process.

 

Yes, that's the correct way to verify the presence of child pornography. You can't convict somebody without any kind of verification.

 

It's very possible that they could simply inform law enforcement as soon as it's flagged by the automated process, then allow law enforcement to get warrants based on the information and do the actual verification. It's not necessary for Google or Microsoft employees to do view the content themselves to do the verification.

 

In any case, this is completely different from Google also scanning all emails for advertising keywords to target advertising at you. Microsoft doesn't make a profit off of scanning your emails in this manner. They simply scan image attachments in order to comply with federal law protecting children. (I only mention this point because of this http://www.neowin.ne...#entry596523473)