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Web firm uncovers 900 child porn links after tip-off

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Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

AN Irish web service has uncovered over 900 links to child pornography 'cyberlockers' on the internet.

Dublin-based Hotline.ie discovered the repositories of child pornography following a tip-off from an Irish internet user in June.

The material, which contains images and videos of children thought to be of varying nationalities, has been traced to Taiwanese web servers.

In total, 928 links were discovered, some originating in internet chat rooms, according to Paul Durrant, director of Hotline.ie.

A joint operation by the Irish organisation and its Taiwanese counterpart has seen the offensive material removed.

Police in Taiwan are now investigating the origin of the 'cyberlockers' or file-sharing folders.

Hotline.ie, which relies on members of the public to report suspected incidences of child sex abuse content online, has seen an increase in child pornography traced to Irish sources this year.

Last year, the organisation tracked 96 incidences of child sexual abuse online, with four traced to Ireland. So far this year, the number of confirmed Irish cases has risen to seven, said Mr Durrant.

Accurately tracking the illegal content to individual machines or services is difficult to do because of cloud computer technology. However, last year, Hotline.ie tracked more cases of child-abuse content to Ireland than to Britain, Germany or France. Mr Durrant said 90pc of all illegal content reported is removed from the internet within 72 hours.

Irish Independent

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