What happens when a cyber security startup can’t stand those Child Pornographers? They just decide to hunt them down. A bonus for Cops. When most of us treat ‘abuse’ as violating the terms of service or any offense or even sending spam. But in this case, Intelliagg a cyber security company has decided to track down those child abusers and has offered its services to the cops.
Taking looking at Intelliagg they spend hours and hours of time to index the web. But too many contents = too many unexpected characters. One such issue they faced is all those CP Sites which provides sexual photos and videos of minors that end up eventually in their system.
Since Intelliagg is based in London and San Franciso they teamed with local law enforcement agencies and hopes to arrest the people behind such CP abuses.
They don’t’ actually focus on those sites but they end up inside the system and unlike Google, they don’t only crawl the open web but also the deep web and darknets.
“We call it content-based threat intelligence,” Intelliagg R&D executive Eric Michaud told. “We augment security teams who already do this.” Some of those teams are still sitting in a room, typing queries into Google, and trying to find useful information that way. “We go through millions and millions and millions and millions of URLs and pages per day, which is way faster than a human could ever do it, so we basically make them way more productive.”
They gather all the info from these 3 domains to detect and identify personal breaches, like several hacks which took place recently – 17 Million Zomato accounts sale, Decrypted PlayStation accounts or pinpoint death threats for high profile people. They actually find if your personal info is leaked any of the sites or not.
At present CP sites are found only on the dark web and practically it can identify sites in Tor network too. They index everything and take it as snapshot and store them as PDF’s for legal issues if occur.
The had reached out to several law agencies and build a good relationship in both the countries. CEO Thomas Olofsson told, “Intelliagg is collecting a vast amount of data that has no direct monetary value to us or our clients. Some of the sources we are monitoring are quite disturbing, so using this excess data to research and help other organizations prevent child abuse feels like the natural and decent thing to do.”
The company’s bold decision is turning out to be fruitful with active investigations are right under way yet no arrests still but this is the correct way to bring justice to those victims. It ain’t an easy road but Intelliagg took it and hope many cyber security firms join together and make the world a better place to live. A fair warning to them is that people who hideout in the darkest corners of the internet will soon be expected to be caught.