Huge Increase in Child Sex Abuse Images

Leading US Figures Targeted via Twitter in Bitcoin Scam 

  • The official Twitter accounts of many prominent US figures have been hacked in an apparent Bitcoin scam. Those affected include Elon Musk, Barrack Obama, and Bill Gates. 
  • A Tweet from Bill Gate’s Account read “Everyone is asking me to give back, you send $1,000, I send you back $2,000”, encouraging followers to send money in return for more. 
  • Twitter said it was a “coordinated” attack targeting its employees “with access to internal systems and tools”.It added that “significant steps” were taken to limit access to such internal systems and tools while the company’s investigation was ongoing.

UK Government Propose Ban on Easy to Guess Passwords

  • Internet-connected gadgets will have to come pre-set with a unique password, or require the owner to set one before use, as part of plans for a UK cyber-security law.
  • Manufacturers could be forced to recall non-compliant products and may also be fined. The government is now seeking feedback from consumer groups and industry experts to shape its final legislation.
  • Other proposals include a requirement that manufacturers state the minimum amount of time they will continue to provide security updates for a product after purchase.
  • Digital infrastructure minister Matt Warman said that until the law was passed, households should ensure they had changed all internet-linked devices’ default passwords to “protect themselves from cyber-criminals”.

Man Found Guilty of Sexual Communication With a Child via WhatsApp 

Sex Offender Tests Right to Privacy Defense in Internet Vigilante Case 

  • A convicted paedophile has lost a Supreme Court challenge over using evidence in court gathered covertly by so-called paedophile hunters.
  • Judges unanimously dismissed an appeal which argued that evidence from vigilante groups breached a person’s right to private life.
  • It was brought by Mark Sutherland, who was caught by a Scotland based paedophile vigilante group. 
  • Sutherland was subsequently convicted of attempting to communicate indecently with an older child.
  • The UK’s highest court ruled on Wednesday that the interests of children have priority over any interest a paedophile could have in being allowed to engage in criminal conduct.

Scotland’s Children Need Additional Mental Health Support

  • Scotland’s Children and Young People’s Commissioner, Bruce Adamson has said every child in Scotland will need additional mental health support as a consequence of measures taken to tackle the coronavirus crisis. 
  • Mr  Adamson said the pandemic had sent a “very negative” message about how decision-makers value young people’s voices.
  • This comes as he publishes Scotland’s comprehensive assessment of the impact of the pandemic on children’s rights, the first such review undertaken anywhere in the world. 
  • There have been escalating concerns across the UK about children’s mental health after support structures were stripped away at the start of lockdown.

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