US Police Mine Bitcoin To Combat Child Pornography

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US Police Mine Bitcoin To Combat Child Pornography

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The Cyber Crimes Division of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas has launched a pilot program involving the mining of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to monitor the activities of criminals online. The division has generated its own digital currency to track such crimes as the proliferation of child pornography.

The division intends to use bitcoins for undercover operations in various capacities online, helping combat child pornography, child predators and other crimes.

The detectives said they decided to mine bitcoins instead of buying them because it’s cheaper and because they know the money hasn’t been used for illegal purposes. The process will create a slow, daily stream of cryptocurrency that will look less suspicious to other users.

“People are selling child pornography on the dark web and on the Internet. They are accepting Bitcoins, not payments. We can’t use the sheriff’s office credit card, and we can’t exchange child pornography. We need some type currency to get this and then identify who we are getting it from. That way, we can go arrest that person,” said Detective David Undiano, a cybercrime detective.

Based on data from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, there has been an increase in the number of individuals who use Bitcoin and secret web browsers to trade or distribute child pornography, to illegally purchase drugs, as well as to engage in prostitution or human trafficking and other unlawful activities.

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  • Serious

    Who invented this “dark web”. Obviously, someone did it. Tor was founed by the US gov.

    Even this strange currency Bitcoin which works whoever knows is very suspicious. Vietnam has banned Bitcoin. I understand why.

    USA is the worst state ever.

    • Alex Mayers

      -.-

    • USA is not a state. And if you don’t like it, no one’s keeping you here.

      • Serious

        I don’t live in the US. Who the f… want to live in such a shithole ??? Give 100 millions dollars I will never put a finger there.

        • hhabana

          My Russian neighbors behind me! lol

    • Keith Smith

      you do not really understand what the dark web is?

  • eric zweistein

    Fake News. Why would SouthFront publish such ludicrous, infantile bullshit??

  • What a load. Have these same officers of the law sought out those using fiat currency of which there seems unlimited abundance used for the most hideous crimes against children of the world and who managed to get into the highest positions in governments of the world or the highest levels of finance where lawmen plain don’t go. Why don’t they track the Clinton Foundation’s money. Those are massive funds used, laundered, paid to buy media protection and silence as they traffic in sexual crimes against children the globe over. I agree with the poster below. Fake news.

  • UltimateIndictment

    Today the main producers of child pornography(CP) is the teens and pre teen themselves and they are doing it from the comfort of their bedroom with the cell phone and computer cams their parents bought them and because they respect their privacy they do it behind locked doors. Concerned, loving parents have been sold the myth that it’s a big bad world out there, with weird strangers out to get their kids and do unspeakable things. But real horrors are exceedingly rare and the most truly abusive acts against children, including murder, take place in the home, perpetrated by parents themselves; “family values” are only as good as the family that holds them. So what have politicians, radical right feminists given us, in the name of protecting children first from “stranger danger” and now from the Wild Wild Web, is constant surveillance and control over all. Stop locking people up for looking at pictures.

    Less than half the arrests for CP result in prosecution; However 100% of the arrests have their lives ruined because of the accusation and their names plastered in the media. CP arrests are made using deception and disinformation which is widely propagated in the main stream media creating an accepted version of events. Journalists don’t even raise the simplest of questions about CP and those that do are labeled as crazy. The curiosity stimulated by the media cause some people to look for CP to see what all the fuss is about.
    www TruthMovement us

    • Keith Smith

      you are an apologist for pedos? wtf is wrong with you?