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Police go high-tech to battle child porn

By Jean Christou

With the growing use of computers and social media in Cyprus, police are turning high-tech in the battle against child pornography.

The force has just acquired a top-of-the-range software system that aims to cut down the workload and at the same time create a more efficient system of dealing with evidence in child-porn cases.

Microsoft Cyprus, in collaboration with NetClean Analyze are currently installing the software within the force and training officers at the Electronic Crime Unit to use it, which takes around three days, according to NetClean’s Business and Product Manager Johann Hofmann.

NetClean Analyze is a form of PhotoDNA technology that detects and matches images of children already listed by international organisations for missing and exploited children.

The software contains state-of-the-art image and video analysis technology that provides automated content classification and facilitates searching and identifying evidence based on visual attributes.

Utilizing the tool police can identify material relating to images and videos of sexual exploitation of children in much less time and with greater accuracy.

Speaking to the Cyprus Mail yesterday Hofmann said typically when law enforcement seizes a computer suspected of carrying child porn images or videos, police officers must trawl through them. Hofmann said usually this is not just a handful of picture. “The people who download child porn have terabytes of information translating into thousands, sometimes millions, of pictures,” he said.

“Mentally it’s very tough to manually go through the material so we offer smart technology to make it faster and reduce the caseload.”

The software tool is also capable of automatically cross checking the photos with previously confiscated material, which can help identify victims. Those that cannot be readily traced to known photos can be used to alert other law enforcement agencies to new material, which can be stored an analysed on a database.

“No officer likes looking at this material and any means by which this can be reduced are welcome. Police officers want to be police officers not people looking at child porn. I knew people who quit a week after. You can’t imagine how these pictures are,” said Hofmann.

The software has been available for six years but it’s completely new to Cyprus. Hofmann said Cyprus has acquired the tool due to the growing number of cases.

He said many countries in Europe, the US and Latin America use NetClean Analyze. “A thousand different organisations are using this tool,” he said.

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