pedophiles use malware

Pedophiles use malware to target kids for explicit videos, according to new police press release

The community alert reads in full:

Community Alert

Solicitation of Child Pornography

On September 16, 2020 officers responded to an Anne Arundel County residence for a social media trolling cellphone App that solicits child pornography. Officers learned a five-year-old child had  several apps “Talking Angela”, “Talking Angela 2”, Talking Tom 2”, and “Talking Ben 2” on their cellphone.  The apps told the child to take naked pictures of themself  and siblings while in the bathtub. The app then told the child they would strangle the child if they didn’t comply.  The Anne Arundel County Police Department is urging parents to constantly monitor their children’s online activity and use of social media. Please report any suspicious social applications to the police department. none.

According to WBALTV, Sgt. Kam Cooke said, “We are not really sure as to, did the app actually say that? Or was that some sort of other entity within that app that was able to request that?”

Given the popularity of the apps and the vetting process of the google and apple play stores, it is likely that malware made its way onto the device in question.  Whether it was through the Talking Tom style apps or another means remains unclear as police have not identified the source.

This report follows incidents where a Ring camera was hacked in December of 2019.  The hacker used the device to view a child, and tell them that they were Santa Clause.  This frightened the child and brought attention to the level of security used in the Ring camera systems.

Reports of similar requests involving children and explicit photos surfaced in California back in 2014 according to Gold Coast Bulletin.  This report also involved the Talking Tom applications. 

With a growing normalization of underage sexualization with things such as Netflix Cuties, and the new United Nations Rapporteur on Right to Health justifying sex work to teens, it is imperative that parents take the extra step to monitor what their children are exposed to.  The growing use of technology makes pedophiles use of malware the next natural escalation. 

By Josh Earwood

Josh has been an activist, citizen journalist, and commentator since 2013. He spent two years as a broadcast journalist, and has written for various groups in various capacities over the years. He has always been vocal, encouraging others to understand what is going on in the world around them.

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