PDRM, CyberSecurity Malaysia must cooperate to track down paedophiles

KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 ― The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) must cooperate with CyberSecurity Malaysia to track down organised criminal activities such as pedophiles in the country.

The Director of the Institute of Crime and Criminology, Universiti HELP, Datuk Akhbar Satar said those involved in pedophile activities used the internet, that is, “dark web”, which formed the “World Wide Web content that exists on darknets, overlay networks which use the public Internet but which require specific software”, to avoid detection by the authorities.

“All activities such as the photographs and videos of the pedophile victims are loaded on the ‘dark web’ and many more illegal activities are carried out on the website.

“As such, traditional investigation method such as face to face interrogation are no longer effective in the globalisation era,” he told Bernama after the “Ruang Bicara Bernama News Channel” titled “Pedophile: Monitor Your Children” hosted by Sherkawi Jirim, here tonight.

In addition, Akhbar suggested that the authorities engaged the services ofprofessional hackers in Malaysia to identify the criminals.

“Malaysia has many ‘ethical hackers’ (computer and networking experts who systematically attempt to penetrate a computer system or network on behalf of its owners for the purpose of finding security vulnerabilities that a malicious hacker could potentially exploit), and it is not wrong if enforcement agencies engaged their services to resolve the issue,” he said.

He said pedophile victims should be given counselling as it was feared that they would be inclined to commit such crimes.

Earlier this month, British national Richard Huckle, 30, was sentenced to life imprisonment by a British court in London for sexual abuse on 23 children in Malaysia and infants and children in Cambodia for a decade.

British media reported that Huckle, 30, received 22 life sentences and would stay in prison for at least 23 years for the crimes he committed on victims aged six months to 11 years who were from poor families.

Huckle pleaded guilty to 71 offences and police found more than 20,000 obscene images of children in his computer and camera when he was detained at Gatwick Airport, London in 2014. ― Bernama


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