On 6–7 April 2022, Europol hosted the 13th Operation In Our Sites (IOS), a recurring event that aims to foster collaboration between law enforcement agencies, the public sector, and private organizations in the fight against counterfeiting, intellectual property infringement, and online piracy. The joint effort, involving different stakeholders from 30 countries and several industries, resulted in the seizure of more than 490,000 domains in 2021.
WhoisXML API was invited to participate in the event held in Alicante, Spain, as it aligns with the company’s mission to make the Internet a safer place through transparency and the sharing of data relevant to the battle against cybercrime.
In the words of our CEO Jonathan Zhang, “Early detection and, hence, protection against counterfeiting, phishing, trademark infringement, and other cybercrime are crucial in making the Internet more secure. While we gather global DNS and domain data to enable these processes, this isn’t a one-company job. Boosting Internet security requires collaboration and data sharing, which Europol and Operation IOS embody.”Read full story
The National Child Protection Task Force (NCPTF) is a volunteer organization that aims to provide a safer world for children. To achieve its goal, the NCPTF helps law enforcement agencies solve cases related to child exploitation and human trafficking, along with finding missing people, by giving all those in need access to vital investigative expertise, tools, and resources.
As part of its activities, the NCPTF works closely with multiple partners, including police officers, search and rescue experts, intelligence analysts, open-source intelligence (OSINT) specialists, programmers, cybersecurity experts, and many others. With the know-how and technology provided by volunteers and partners, the NCPTF has developed up-to-date crime-solving techniques that can crack time-sensitive cases within minutes. The organization’s strategies have been successfully used by law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and lawyers, and those experts are also willing to share their knowledge...Read full story
Child sexual offenders have always been quick to adapt technological advances, such as photography and film for the purposes of exploiting children. The move of child exploitation material (CEM) to the Internet has enabled them to form online communities which allow easier access to CEM, recruiting co offenders and business partners, as well as validating their deviant behavior amongst other offenders.
Despite the established harm inherent within child exploitation imagery and distribution online, current attempts to limit such content have been largely unsuccessful.
Dark Crawler is a tool used by search-engines to automatically navigate the Internet and collect information about each website and webpage which can be used to seek out specific content, such as child exploitation material...Read full story