TheStar: Blocking child porn websites remains a huge challenge

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PETALING JAYA: Blocking websites containing child sex abuse materials remains a huge challenge even if Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are committed to do so, say experts.

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) network security and enforcement chief officer Zulkarnain Mohd Yasin said it was challenging as illegal content could be obtained from various places on the Internet.

“The borderless nature of the Internet allows for access to content made available by various entities from various parts of the world.

“The main challenge lies in eliminating the dissemination of child pornography at the online source, which tends to reside in foreign regions where there are lax enforcement and limited oversight,” he said.

Cybersecurity expert C. F. Fong said while ISPs and mobile phone companies have take steps to block access to child porn websites, these restrictions could be easily overcome.

“Yes, companies do block access to child porn sites but not at an aggressive level.

“Currently, they are relying on very simple method to block, which can be easily circumvented,” he said, adding that this was mostly limited to blocking the Domain Name System (DNS) or IP addresses.

“In Malaysia and in most countries, the government does not apply deep traffic analysis on the Internet traffic.

“So, unless we have stricter laws to allow authorities to perform deep analysis and proactive hunting, blocking will still remain ineffective,” he said.

Full article from TheStar

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