Police link child porn to game consoles

Police are increasingly seizing gaming consoles from child pornography suspects, as the devices evolve from simple entertainment systems into all-purpose data hubs connected to the internet.

The Australian Federal Police told Fairfax they have seized consoles containing child pornography in ”several cases”, but refused to reveal details for fear of tipping off other child porn users.

”Gaming consoles are one of a myriad of devices with storage capability and the capacity to connect to the internet,” the acting manager of cyber crime operations, Brad Marden, said.

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”As part of its core business, the AFP … regularly identifies persons using the internet and other emerging technologies to access, download or distribute child exploitation material online.”

Gaming consoles are exploding in popularity, with people well outside the traditional demographic of teenagers and video game enthusiasts using the devices as home entertainment systems and internet gateways.

Devices such as Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3, and Nintendo Wii can be used for things such as streaming videos on to your television, chatting on the internet and storing data.

It has been reported recently the United States government is researching how to hack gaming consoles and extract potential evidence of child pornography and terrorism offences.

the Federal Police told Fairfax they liaise closely with overseas agencies in the realm of cyber crime and child protection, but declined to say whether they have specifically discussed the hacking of gaming consoles overseas with US authorities.

Senior federal police said earlier this year child pornography had become an ”epidemic”, with paedophiles increasingly recording themselves molesting children, before swapping the images with other abusers.

With the rise of file-swapping, images and videos are used as ”currency” by paedophiles to buy their way into global groups that trade the material.

Police link child porn to game consoles


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