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How Facebook’s Anti-Revenge Porn Tools Failed Katie Hill

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Twitter declined to provide any comment, and instead pointed me to the company’s nonconsensual nudity policy. The original DailyMail.com tweet—nude photo, shortened link, and all—remains online, with 1,500 retweets and 2,300 likes.

“What we know about the viral nature of especially salacious material is that by the time you take it down three days, four days, five days after the fact, it’s too late.”

Mary Anne Franks, Cyber Civil Rights Initiative

The photos will indelibly remain on the rest of the internet, too. Once they were published by RedState and DailyMail.com, they seeped across networks and platforms and forums as people republished the images or turned them into memes or used them as the backdrop for their YouTube show. (After I contacted YouTube about some examples of the latter, it removed the videos for violating the site’s policy on harassment and bullying.)

It’s one of the many brutal aftershocks that this kind of privacy violation forces victims to endure.

“You can encourage these companies to do the right thing and to have policies in place and resources dedicated to taking down those kind of materials,” says Mary Anne Franks. “But what we know about the viral nature of especially salacious material is that by the time you take it down three days, four days, five days after the fact, it’s too late. So it may come down from a certain platform, but it’s not going to come down from the internet.”

Using AI to Fight Back

Two days after Katie Hill announced she was stepping down from office, Facebook published a post titled “Making Facebook a Safer, More Welcoming Place for Women.” The post, which had no byline, highlighted the company’s use of “cutting-edge technology” to detect nonconsensual porn, and to even block it from being posted in the first place.

Facebook has implemented increasingly aggressive tactics to combat nonconsensual porn since 2017, when investigations revealed that thousands of current and former servicemen in a private group called Marines United were sharing photos of women without their knowledge. Facebook quickly shut down the group, but new ones kept popping up to replace it. Perhaps sensing a pattern, after a few weeks Facebook announced that it would institute photo-matching technology to prevent people from re-uploading images after they’ve been reported and removed. Similar technologies are used to block child pornography or terrorist content, by generating a unique signature, or hash, from an image’s data, and comparing that to a database of flagged material.

Later that year, Facebook piloted a program in which anyone could securely share their nude photos with Facebook to preemptively hash and automatically block. At the time, the proposal was met with some incredulity, but the company says it received positive feedback from victims and announced the program’s expansion in March. The same day, Facebook also said that it would deploy machine learning and artificial intelligence to proactively detect near-nude images being shared without permission, which could help protect people who aren’t aware their photos leaked or aren’t able to report it. (Facebook’s policy against nonconsensual porn extends to outside links where photos are published, but a spokesperson says that those instances usually have to be reported and reviewed first.) The company now has a team of about 25 dedicated to the problem, according to a report by NBC News published Monday.

“They have been doing a lot of innovative work in this space,” Mary Anne Franks says. Her advocacy group for nonconsensual porn victims, the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, has worked with many tech companies, including Facebook and Twitter, on their policies.

Facebook will also sometimes take the initiative to manually seek out and take down violating posts. This tactic is usually reserved for terrorist content, but a Facebook spokesperson said that after Hill’s photos were published, the company proactively hashed the images on both Facebook and Instagram.

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Hashing and machine learning can be effective gatekeepers, but they aren’t totally foolproof. Facebook has already been using AI to automatically flag and remove another set of violations, pornography and adult nudity, for over a year. In its latest transparency report, released Wednesday, the company announced that over the last two quarters, it flagged over 98 percent of content in that category before users reported it. Facebook says it took action on 30.3 million pieces of content in Q3, which means nearly 30 million of those were removed automatically.

Still, at Facebook’s scale, that also means almost half a million instances aren’t detected by algorithms before they get reported (and these reports can’t capture how much content doesn’t get flagged automatically or reported by users). And again, that’s for consensual porn and nudity. It’s impossible to say whether Facebook’s AI is more or less proactive when it comes to nonconsensual porn. According to NBC News, the company receives around half a million reports per month. Facebook does not share data about the number or rate of takedowns for that specific violation.

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Hackers Are #Posting #Porn On #ISIS #Websites

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Growing up Muslim, ideas around sexuality are often suppressed and forbidden. No one ever really talks about sex or tells you about it. When I saw that scene in Titanic when DiCaprio’s hand slides down the foggy window, I was told to look away from the screen—my imagination was forced to fill in the gaps. When I first saw porn, it pretty starkly opposed the innocent picture my mind had conjured up about romance. I felt a little sick and very ashamed, then a little pissed off that my parents had been doing that. And then I felt sick again.

In an effort to take down ISIS, Iraqi hackers “Daeshgram” have exploited the guilt and anxiety of fundamentalists by posting porn on their official communication channels. During an announcement that a media centre will open in an Isis-controlled part of Syria, Daeshgram posted an image of a naked woman in a porno. A video of ISIS supporters watching the the announcement was altered to appear as if the extremists were actually watching a porn projection.

The stunt ended up planting seeds of doubts in online forums. ISIS supporters began dismissing the websites where the video circulated with statements like “the crusaders of media say that Amaq [Islamic State’s “News Agency”] is hacked.” The announcements were overshadowed by the shameful shock of indecency. The porn stream severed trust their most respected outlet.

Daeshgram pretended to confirm suspicions that they controlled the Amaq website by uploading a video that claimed to have hacked the Isis propaganda site. A number of group members began online feuds, others removed members from secret groups where they discussed plans. The peak of the hackers’ disruption efforts came when ISIS told its members not to trust Amaq anymore—a big deal, consider Amaq is the primary website the terrorist group uses to claim responsibilities for their attacks.

Daeshgram are a group of six Muslim men from Iraq who exploit modern technology to disrupt the “virtual caliphate” and its increasing popularity in the Middle East. The group of students, engineers and cybersecurity researchers all hide their activities from friends and family.

Earlier this month, Fossbytes reported that Amaq had previously claimed their website was “unhackable.” A Muslim hacker group called Di5s3nSi0N quickly replied “challenge accepted.” Within hours, they hacked Amaq and released emails detailing the information of their subscribers.

Similarly, in 2016 an anonymous hacked named WachulaGhost attacked ISIS social media profiles by repeatedly posting gay porn from their profiles. The hacker claimed to have hacked over 250 social media accounts associated with ISIS, replacing their content with gay pride messages and porn. WachulaGhost told CNNMoney “[We] discovered a vulnerability, so we thought ‘Hey let’s go start taking their accounts…and humiliating them.’”

When Muslim hackers exploit cultural sensitivities in acts of psychological warfare, they leave scars that last much longer than physical wounds. Pride and shame are the most important emotions in the social life of the Muslim world: suicides and murders often take place over fairly abstract ideals like “honour.” As a horny young teen I would rather get beaten up 100 times over then have my parents and friends be exposed to my search history—we all would, right? But in our culture, the psychological guilt is spiritually unforgiving.

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Computer #hacking #investigation #leads to #huge #cache of #child porn

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A Parkville man was sentenced Wednesday to federal prison after pleading guilty to computer hacking and child pornography charges.

Jacob Raines, 38, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Kansas City to six years in prison.

Raines pleaded guilty in May to charges of computer intrusion and using a computer to view child pornography over the internet.

The computer intrusion charge involved Raines using a remote server to copy proprietary source code files and file folders from his former employer.

When serving a search warrant in that case, investigators found thousands of sexually explicit images and videos of children, including toddlers and infants.

His attorney on Wednesday argued for a sentence of four years in prison, while prosecutors asked for seven years.

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“Siren” botnet silenced after spamming Twitter users with porn links

“Siren” botnet silenced after spamming Twitter users with porn linksSource: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans A social media botnet that spammed Twitter accounts with links to pornographic content sent out more than 8.5 million posts from 90,000 unique accounts before it was neutralized, according to a new report. The botnet, dubbed Siren (as in the seductive mythical creatures who lured sailors […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com | Can You Be Hacked?

Former Tulsa principal pleads guilty in child porn case

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Ex-Springfield Church Music Director Indicted for Child Porn

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Texan Gets 16 Years for Distributing Child Porn

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Man pleads guilty to federal charges of having child porn at his Boise home

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Mountain View man charged with production of child porn

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Marshall County man sentenced to 6 years in prison for child porn

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