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February 20, 2024

Hacker group’s site taken over by law enforcement 

  • An online site ran by a major criminal gang who organise ransomware cyber-attacks has been taken over by law enforcement.
  • The site belongs to LockBit, which sells services that allow people to compromise computer networks and hold their data until a ransom is paid.
  • LockBit has been involved in many high-profile hackings, including Royal Mail in early 2023.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

EU opens investigation into TikTok over online content and child safeguarding 

  • The EU has launched an investigation into whether TikTok has broken online content rules.
  • It said the investigation was looking at the safeguarding of children, maintaining records of advertising content, and whether algorithms led users to damaging content.
  • TikTok said it would continue to work with experts and the industry to keep young people on its platform safe.
  • For more, please visit The Guardian website.

Tech giants ‘could severely disable UK spooks from stopping online harms’ 

  • According to Suella Braverman, tech giants’ actions could “severely disable” UK spooks from preventing harm caused by online paedophiles.
  • She claimed that using end-to-end encryption (EE2E) without safeguards could be detrimental.
  • Ms Braverman said EE2E will also prevent law enforcement from identifying criminals and acting against them.
  • For more, please visit the Yahoo News website.

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‘Toxic’ online culture fuelling rise in sexual assaults on children by other children, police warn 

  • An increase in sexual assaults on children by other children in England and Wales, is being fuelled by access to a “toxic” online culture.
  • Ian Critchley, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for child protection, reported that access to violent pornography, and misogynistic content was also contributing to the trend.
  • He called on social media firms to do more, as he warned that of the dangers of AI and the growth of sextortion.
  • For more, please visit The Guardian website, and for information on Sextortion, visit here.