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Dangerous Digital Playground – Perverts, Pedophiles and Pimps ARE Hunting for Children

It’s an arduous task protecting children. After it’s too late, devastated parents want to know how their children could have been protected. As a criminal defense investigator, almost one-third of my cases involve sexual exploitation of children.  Sadly, I’ve handled more than 1600 these tragic situations. In the past, I’ve spoken to church and civic groups on this unsettling and disturbing topic.

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One example of a case that haunts me: I was asked to forensically examine a laptop belonging to a thirteen year old child. The laptop contained the typical social media platforms. Within those social media platforms were pictures, videos and text of an inappropriate and enticing nature, sent directly to the child. There were subsequent text messages and photo exchanges. The end result was tragic.

Everyone seems to understand the dangers of The Internet, and we know that there are plenty of websites that are inappropriate for minors. I want to be very clear. Fewer kids are using email and websites. That means, social media platforms are the playgrounds for perverts, pedophiles and pimps.

WHO?

I use the term “predator” to cover the “3 P’s” of the digital playground: perverts, pedophiles, and pimps.  I define perverts as those who derive sexual gratification from something that is illegal and/or outside the “norms” of society.  Pedophiles are bit more specific—adults who enjoy sexual acts with children. There are other, more specific classes of “-philes” that identify specific age groups of minors.  And, the pimps? These are the “entrepreneurs” of the dark world of sex crimes.  Motivated by money, they profit from their illegal sexual “business.” To keep it simple, I’ll call them predators.

Predators hunt.

Minor children (male and female) are being targeted by predators (male and female). It’s not just opposite sexes to be concerned about. An older female (even an older teen) will befriend a younger girl on social media.  The same is true for boys. This has nothing to do with a child’s sexual orientation. To a predator, a child is an “object,” not a person.

WHAT?

Predators are seeing to “groom” (introduce, foster and normalize) children into sexual activity.  Although many believe this is limited to actual physical sexual acts, it’s much broader and complicated than that. Predators seek photos and videos of children dressed, naked, and “taking direction.” Once a child is groomed into a sexualized situation, the predator has opened the door to personal contact.  This can be a “date” (in the predator’s mind), but I’m seeing any contact feeding human trafficking.  Children are bought, sold, and traded across jurisdictions for sex.

WHERE?

These tragedies are happening across the US, and all over the world. If a community has cell towers, computers, and digital devices—the predators are already there. We have a tendency to think, “This could never happen here.”  It’s happening.  It’s already happened.  And, it will happen again.

WHEN?

Cellphones, tablets  and any type of computer (including game systems) are “open” 24//7. Predators are hunting for children every morning, noon, and night.

HOW?

Most predators make outbound contact with a potential victim on a social media platform by “liking” or commenting on a topic or photo your child is interested in.  Frequently called a “DM” (direct message), the predator will often contact a child via the platform’s messaging plug in features. The messages often start with humor, or a subject a child has expressed interest in via a “fan page,” group, or “friend of a friend.” As I said above, these people are experts in children. From the initial contact, the predators often encourage children to download other apps, such as WhatsApp, SnapChat, or others.  (Predators mistakenly believe these apps are 100% private.) Once contact is established, the process of grooming a child for exploitation begins. Within a few messages, these predators can convince many children to send photos, video, and identifying data.

WHY?

This is the most asked questions by the families of victims. It’s also the hardest to answer. The bottom line is this, some people are evil.

There are people that are sexually attracted to children. There is no polite way to convey this concept. We can indulge in long theoretical discussion of “if” these people were once victimized.  But, the bottom line is this is a horrific crime.

And, the emerging reality—exploitation of children is a business for some predators.  There are people on social media, both male and female, that are actively “recruiting” children into prostitution and human trafficking.  They “pimp” (sell or rent) a minor, male or female for sexual purposes, for money. The bottom line is this, exploitation of children is a crime.

CONCLUSION:

Next time as an adult, you receive a message to be friends, and the messages have inappropriate materials, know that your children are receiving the same. Yes.  This IS happening if your child is on social media. My advice is this: Social media is not the place for children!  If your child must be on social media, monitor what they are doing.

As technology continues to change and expand at a breakneck pace, we have to be vigilant regarding social media. As quick as I can type, there are new websites, apps and social media platforms being released every day.  Know what’s on your home computers, your children’s phones and other devices, and keep the communication in your home flowing both ways.  This is an important topic, and we will circle back around to additional specific strategies in the very near future.`

How to Benefit From Cyber Forensic Services?

Cybercrime is the crime committed by using the computer on the internet. The Internet is being utilized for committing a serious and heinous crime. The scope is very vast because these crimes are committed at the large scale to discourage the military of a country and at the same time, these crimes are able to weaken the strength of a country by mishandling the countries intelligence or illegally selling the intelligence to enemy country. Cybercrime has become a bigger threat to the confidentiality and secrecy of an individual, a group, business or a country.

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This is the use of corrupt and criminal activities towards any individual, group, business or a country, by using computer and internet. These crimes are committed to retrieving the secret and confidential intelligence and vital information or by sending the fake emails of any terror attack or threat motive. These crimes are used as the weapon to carry out the serious crime and trace of the criminal or crime location is almost impossible. So criminals fearlessly and daringly go for committing huge crimes and there is the least or no possibility of catching the criminals.

Cyber Forensic Service to control cyber Crimes

Whenever cybercrimes are committed, cyber forensic services enter the scene and try to sniff out the clues and help in catching the culprits. Computer forensic has become one of the fastest growing fields for information security and law enforcement. Use of this has become essential for every cybercrime investigation. The expert cyber investigators with a thorough knowledge of disk structure and commercial software are able to investigate the cybercrimes. Police are becoming cybercrime savvy and hiring expert cybercrime investigators that are trained in the area. A series of initiatives are continuing in computer forensics and cyber law procedures are established to give the desired resulted out of it.

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Regardless of the nature or size of business, the flow and security of the organization’s information are of utmost importance. It needs to be protected and managed just like any assets. And just like any worldly assets, they attract perpetrators. When information is leaked or stolen, the perpetrators must be identified and prosecuted. To protect information assets, organizations require well-trained cyber forensic professionals capable of addressing three key issues: managing information; protecting information; and forensic investigation of information security incidents. Cyber forensics specialists are at the edge of the management, protection and forensic investigation of information security.

A cyber forensic expert is competent in data recovery and encryption because data and passwords are the targets of information theft. Depending on the nature of cases and crime committed, the experts are comfortable to work on mobile phones, PDA’s, USB drives, media players, etc. cyber forensic services mainly include the area of function like retrieve hidden, erased, and destroyed data from computers, mobile phones, laptops, USBs, and other storage and computing devices.

The main benefits of cyber forensic services include enhanced risk management, increased productivity, increased profitability, and enhanced customer confidence etc.

New Era of Computer Forensics to Data Recovery Easily

In this increasingly digital world, computers and mobile phones allow us to complete a range of processes wherever we are in the world, such as checking our bank balance, uploading photographs and chatting with our friends. Unfortunately, there are some individuals who illegally take advantage of this technology, using it to aid them in a variety of criminal activities. In criminal cases, it is vital that a computer forensic professional analyses digital data found on these devices, to help the police to maintain the chain of evidence between the device and those involved to the crime.

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Computer forensics is a much wider conception and theory which investigates the transgressions upon computers by virus or cybercriminals. Several acts have been brought into force in order to monitor the criminal activities, yet there are a lot more that still exist. It is very difficult to uncover such activities due to lack of enough proof or substantiation. All these complex situations can be controlled with the assistance of computer forensics. They search for and through both existing and previously existing, or deleted data. Forensic software can help in the data recovery process. They can retrieve data in relation to a crime, and obviously, the culprit does not want the data to be found.

The key dictum of computer forensic specialists is to not simply find the illicit but to also find the facts and evidence. The arrangement of the substantiation is done in a manner that leads the criminal to face legal action.

Digital Forensics Expert

The need for computer forensics expert becomes all the more important when one considers the fact that the only data that matters is in electronic form. Along with some useful information he can uncover gigabytes of other information that has no relevance on the case. It is for him to resurrect and reconstruct data and extract only the meaningful part, all done using a method that does not tamper or alter the original data in the system in any way. This calls for specialized techniques, use of a well-equipped lab and knowledge.

Knowledge of extraction of meaningful data is, of course, a prime consideration but what is more important is that the computer forensic professional also has full knowledge of the law and be able to extract and present evidence in a way that is acceptable in court. Cybercrime today is not limited to one geographic location. Computer Forensics makes it easy for the controlled, structured and cautious detection of offense and misuse cases. The computer forensics specialists possess adequate knowledge of data retrieval software as well as hardware technicalities and should have the skill and experience to execute the job.

Cyber Forensic Services

Computer forensics specialists conduct a structured investigation, documenting evidence that enables the court to determine what has happened to the IT system – and who is responsible for it. They investigate the identity or identification of the offender, the period and extent of the crime, and information on the motivation and execution of the crime. They can recover all types of data.