Cryptocurrency News Today: UN cybercrime chief: Cryptocurrency makes investigating online child abuse tougher
The head of the United Nations’ cybercrime and anti-money-laundering branch has warned that investigating online child sexual abuse has become considerably more difficult since the advent of Cryptocurrency.
Neil Walsh told Australia’s ABC the true scale of online child sexual abuse is much, much bigger than many realise, and that Cryptocurrency — like Bitcoin — has added an additional layer of anonymity that favors perpetrators.
“It’s what makes it really hard for cops [and] investigators to manage some really big risks. Because in the past, when we looked at some of those really big high threat areas, like kids getting abused online, it had to be paid for, and now with the use of cryptocurrencies, it’s exceptionally difficult for investigators to track and manage that risk,” Walsh told ABC.
“When we look at some of the really high-risk crime, where we see kids, and I’m talking babies – very, very young, six months old and younger, who are in pay-per-view, live, online child sexual abuse streaming websites that’s getting paid for by cryptocurrencies, we need to have some sort of options,” said Walsh. “We need to know how we try and challenge that threat, and reduce the risks for ki