E.U. Privacy Rule Would Rein In the Hunt for Online Child Sex Abuse

“The grooming of children for sexual purposes is always about a child on the verge of or in the midst of abuse,” said John Shehan, a vice president at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the U.S. federal clearinghouse that works with technology companies and law enforcement agencies around the world.

As of September, according to the clearinghouse, 1,020 reports of grooming had come from the European Union. Cases of grooming were reported in all 27 E.U. countries and contained many examples of “sextortion” — when an adult poses as a minor to solicit photos or videos, then uses the imagery as blackmail to further exploit the child.

Diego Naranjo, head of policy at European Digital Rights in Brussels, an advocacy group, said the subject was fraught because anyone who questioned the tech companies’s practices was cast as “somebody who doesn’t care about the children.”

Even so, he

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Nintendo Thief Jailed For 2017 Hack And “Possessing Images Of Child Abuse”

21-year-old Ryan Hernandez, who had been arrested in relation to the theft of “stolen information, including pre-release information about the anticipated Nintendo Switch console”, has been sentenced to three years in prison.



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Nintendo Switch Hacker Busted, Also Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charges

In 2016, Hernandez and a friend managed to obtain a Nintendo employee’s credentials, which they used to then “gain access to and download confidential Nintendo files related to its consoles and games”. He was first caught in 2017, but when his home was raided in 2019 looking for more information after further offences had been committed, the FBI found storage drives containing not only “thousands of confidential Nintendo files”, but “more than one thousand videos and images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, stored and sorted in a folder directory he labeled “Bad Stuff.””

His sentence takes into account both

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US Supreme Court hears Van Buren appeal arguments in light of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act ambiguity


Adam Bannister

30 November 2020 at 16:53 UTC

Updated: 30 November 2020 at 17:46 UTC

Ruling over interpretation of ageing law could have a chilling or liberating effect on security research

US Supreme Court hears Van Buren appeal arguments in light of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act ambiguity

The US Supreme Court has begun hearing arguments regarding a case that could have seismic ramifications for the future of security research.

From today (November 30), the country’s highest court is considering an appeal launched by police officer Nathan Van Buren over his 2017 conviction on charges including violation of The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

Passed in 1986 in an era far removed from today’s hyper-connected world, the federal act is used by law enforcement to convict cybercriminals, fraudsters, and white-collar crooks, and in civil actions by businesses seeking remedies for the theft of trade secrets.

Van Buren, a former Georgia state police officer, was arrested after being induced by undercover FBI agents into running a

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People are praising ‘beautiful’ Sainsbury’s Christmas advert featuring Black family following social media abuse

Watch: Sainsbury’s Christmas advert: Gravy Song

People are praising Sainsbury’s for a “beautiful” Christmas advert featuring an all-Black family, despite backlash against the company from some social media users.

The advert, one of three revealed by the supermarket giant on Twitter, shows home footage of a Black family enjoying Christmas dinner pre-coronavirus.

The one-minute clip, titled Gravy Song, is set to audio of a phone conversation between a father and his daughter talking about how much they want to see each other at Christmas.

They lament over “Mum’s roasties” and “Dad’s famous gravy”. The daughter is heard saying: “Your gravy is good to be fair and… I just really want to be home for it.”

The ad shows an all-Black family celebrating Christmas. (Sainsbury's)
The ad shows an all-Black family celebrating Christmas. (Sainsbury’s)

The ad, which was created with a “focus on celebrating how food can connect people”, Sainsbury’s said, was criticised by some Twitter users.

Some commentators

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