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February 9, 2024

“Trailblazing” partnership takes aim at criminals profiting from child sexual abuse online 

  • A new partnership by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and Public Internet Registry (PIR) will provide registries access to tools to disrupt child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.
  • This includes a “trailblazing” sponsorship agreement where PIR will sponsor registries and providers with free access to the IWF’s Domain Alerts and the TLD (Top-Level Domain) Hopping List.
  • This will allow for faster and more streamlined disruption of CSAM identified by the IWF and enable action to be taken against criminals who are hopping from one domain to another to keep this content online.
  • For more, please visit the IWF website.

WhatsApp is preparing to roll out third-party chat support 

  • WhatsApp will soon let users chat with people on other messaging apps within its own app, a month away from the Digital Markets Act (DMA) deadline.
  • Initially, only one-on-one chats with text, audio, video, images, and files will be supported.
  • End-to-end encryption is required for interoperability. Companies participating need to sign agreements with WhatsApp (details of which are not public yet).
  • For more, please visit the Tech Crunch website.

Scam Lyca Mobile site appearing as ‘verified advertiser’ on Google, Which? warns  

  • A scammer mimicking Lyca Mobile was able to bypass Google’s verification check.
  • This allowed them to put a “persuasive” ad on the top of search listings, bringing users to a copycat site and steal their card details.
  • Google has said they are continuing to evaluate and update their policies and improving their technology to ensure safety of users.
  • For more, please visit the Sky News website.

Prestigious NI school at centre of ‘drugs’ use probe 

  • The PSNI are investigating allegations of drugs misuse at one of NI’s boarding schools.
  • Several pupils were suspended last week pending an investigation.
  • Parents of pupils have expressed concerns that the drug problem is more widespread than initially believed, and expressing they are “genuinely concerned” about the welfare of their children.
  • For more, please visit the Belfast Telegraph website.