Risk
7/21/2008
11:48 AM
50%
50%

Comcast, Other Cable Companies Sign Pact To Block Child Porn Online

With the help of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 17 cable companies will update policies to keep up with emerging sources of child pornography, like newsgroups.

Cable operators delivering Internet services to 87% of percent of U.S. homes said they will now limit distribution of child pornography online.

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and the National Association of Attorneys General signed an industry-wide agreement last week to curtail the exploitation of minors.

As of December 2007, the NCMEC's Child Victim Identification Program had information on more than 1,233 child victims from around the world seen in sexually abusive images. The bureau also has helped seize child pornography collections from more than 11,650 investigations across the country.

"We are deeply grateful for this industry-wide attack on child pornography," Ernie Allen, president & CEO of NCMEC, said in an announcement. "It is not possible to arrest and prosecute every offender. We must be creative and build new public-private partnerships to address this insidious problem more effectively. Today's announcement represents a bold step forward."

The cable companies will use an NCMEC list of Web sites containing child pornography to prevent their servers from hosting the sites. They also agreed to report instances of child pornography, as required by federal law, to NCMEC's CyberTipline. NCMEC will pass the tips on to crime investigators. Finally, the cable companies will update policies to keep up with emerging sources of child pornography, like newsgroups.

The agreement takes effect within 30 days. Companies involved include: BendBroadband; Bresnan Communications; Bright House Networks; Broadstripe; Cablevision Systems; Charter Communications; Comcast; Cox Communications; Eagle Communications; GCI; Harron Communications; Insight Communications; Mediacom Communications; Midcontinent Communications; Sjoberg's; Suddenlink Communications; and US Cable. Time Warner Cable signed the memorandum of understanding already.

"Although NCMEC has recently signed similar agreements with individual companies, this agreement is notable as the first such agreement NCMEC has reached with an entire sector of the nation's communications industry," Patrick C. Lynch, National Association of Attorneys General president, said in a statement. "The NCTA agreement with NCMEC will limit the ability of predators to store and exchange images of exploitation of those who are, by definition, among the more vulnerable in society. We congratulate the cable industry for taking a strong stand in support of child safety.”

Combined, the companies that signed the agreement provide Internet services to more than 112 million U.S. homes.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
Five Emerging Security Threats - And What You Can Learn From Them
At Black Hat USA, researchers unveiled some nasty vulnerabilities. Is your organization ready?
Flash Poll
Dark Reading Strategic Security Report: The Impact of Enterprise Data Breaches
Dark Reading Strategic Security Report: The Impact of Enterprise Data Breaches
Social engineering, ransomware, and other sophisticated exploits are leading to new IT security compromises every day. Dark Reading's 2016 Strategic Security Survey polled 300 IT and security professionals to get information on breach incidents, the fallout they caused, and how recent events are shaping preparations for inevitable attacks in the coming year. Download this report to get a look at data from the survey and to find out what a breach might mean for your organization.
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2013-7445
Published: 2015-10-15
The Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) subsystem in the Linux kernel through 4.x mishandles requests for Graphics Execution Manager (GEM) objects, which allows context-dependent attackers to cause a denial of service (memory consumption) via an application that processes graphics data, as demonstrated b...

CVE-2015-4948
Published: 2015-10-15
netstat in IBM AIX 5.3, 6.1, and 7.1 and VIOS 2.2.x, when a fibre channel adapter is used, allows local users to gain privileges via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2015-5660
Published: 2015-10-15
Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in eXtplorer before 2.1.8 allows remote attackers to hijack the authentication of arbitrary users for requests that execute PHP code.

CVE-2015-6003
Published: 2015-10-15
Directory traversal vulnerability in QNAP QTS before 4.1.4 build 0910 and 4.2.x before 4.2.0 RC2 build 0910, when AFP is enabled, allows remote attackers to read or write to arbitrary files by leveraging access to an OS X (1) user or (2) guest account.

CVE-2015-6333
Published: 2015-10-15
Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) 1.1j allows local users to gain privileges via vectors involving addition of an SSH key, aka Bug ID CSCuw46076.

Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Security researchers are finding that there's a growing market for the vulnerabilities they discover and persistent conundrum as to the right way to disclose them. Dark Reading editors will speak to experts -- Veracode CTO and co-founder Chris Wysopal and HackerOne co-founder and CTO Alex Rice -- about bug bounties and the expanding market for zero-day security vulnerabilities.