Risk
7/22/2008
02:54 PM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

N.Y. Leans On Comcast To Fight Child Porn

The state agreement includes a mandate that ISPs contribute funds to prevent the distribution of child pornography online.

Comcast has signed a national agreement promising to limit the distribution of child pornography, but that's not enough for New York state.

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said he'll give the company five days to sign an agreement with the state before he pursues legal action, according to a report from Reuters.

Last month, several Internet service providers signed an agreement with New York to block newsgroups and Web sites where child pornography is distributed. Users complained that several companies blocked all newsgroups instead of narrowly targeting those that distribute child pornography.

Comcast, along with 16 other companies, signed a memorandum of agreement Monday with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the National Association of Attorneys General. It said the ISPs would prevent their servers from hosting sites on an NCMEC list of those containing child pornography. They agreed to report instances of child pornography as required by federal law and to update policies to keep up with emerging sources of child pornography.

The agreement takes effect within 30 days. Other companies that signed are BendBroadband, Bresnan Communications, Bright House Networks, Broadstripe, Cablevision Systems, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, Eagle Communications, GCI, Harron Communications, Insight Communications, Mediacom Communications, Midcontinent Communications, Sjoberg's, Suddenlink Communications, and U.S. Cable. Time Warner Cable previously signed the memorandum of understanding.

In a response to Cuomo's threat, Comcast pointed out that it has signed a national agreement. The state agreement contains more requirements, including a mandate that ISPs contribute funds to prevent the distribution of child pornography online.

As of December, 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.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Flash Poll
Current Issue
Cartoon
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-0972
Published: 2014-08-01
The kgsl graphics driver for the Linux kernel 3.x, as used in Qualcomm Innovation Center (QuIC) Android contributions for MSM devices and other products, does not properly prevent write access to IOMMU context registers, which allows local users to select a custom page table, and consequently write ...

CVE-2014-2627
Published: 2014-08-01
Unspecified vulnerability in HP NonStop NetBatch G06.14 through G06.32.01, H06 through H06.28, and J06 through J06.17.01 allows remote authenticated users to gain privileges for NetBatch job execution via unknown vectors.

CVE-2014-3009
Published: 2014-08-01
The GDS component in IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management - Collaborative Edition 10.0 through 11.0 and InfoSphere Master Data Management Server for Product Information Management 9.0 and 9.1 does not properly handle FRAME elements, which makes it easier for remote authenticated users to conduct ph...

CVE-2014-3302
Published: 2014-08-01
user.php in Cisco WebEx Meetings Server 1.5(.1.131) and earlier does not properly implement the token timer for authenticated encryption, which allows remote attackers to obtain sensitive information via a crafted URL, aka Bug ID CSCuj81708.

CVE-2014-3534
Published: 2014-08-01
arch/s390/kernel/ptrace.c in the Linux kernel before 3.15.8 on the s390 platform does not properly restrict address-space control operations in PTRACE_POKEUSR_AREA requests, which allows local users to obtain read and write access to kernel memory locations, and consequently gain privileges, via a c...

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio