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Authorities in the Philippines have rescued four girls and arrested a mother and two other women for allegedly livestreaming sexually exploitative videos of children to men paying by the minute to watch from the United States.
Three sisters ages 8, 9 and 12, and an 11-year-old found in a separate rescue, are now in a shelter for abused children while the women face prosecution.
The director of the Australian Centre for Cyber Security at UNSW, Professor Jill Slay, said the attack seemed to be in Europe, Russia and reaching the US."It spreads apparently by having a 'bad' instruction — like a small piece of computer code — hidden inside a Word or PDF document," Professor Slay said."This bad instruction attacks a Windows operating system basically taking over a computer — in this case it seizes the files and encrypts them and then the bad guys ask for money to decrypt — this means you cannot open or read your own files." The source is still unknown.The arrests came just two weeks after Filipino authorities raided the home of an American man suspected of similar cybersex crimes, arresting David Timothy Deakin, 53, in his townhouse.During that bust, agents from the National Bureau of Investigation rescued two girls, 10 and 12, who had spent time in Deakin's home, and made one of the largest seizures of illicit digital content in the Philippines. FBI separately provided Filipino authorities information that led to the arrests of the mother and two other women on May 5, rescuing four girls. The women have been charged with human trafficking, child abuse, child pornography and cybercrime.The number of child sexual offences with an online element has increased by nearly half in the past year, a new report has revealed.An average of 15 sex crimes are committed against children using the internet each day in the UK, according to police figures obtained by the NSPCC through a Freedom of Information request.