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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Paedophiles use bitcoins for porn

Paedophiles are using the digital currency bitcoin to buy child sexual abuse images online, a UK internet watchdog has found.

In its annual report for 2014, the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) said a number of the "most prolific commercial" child sexual abuse websites started accepting the currency as a payment for images last year.

Some 37 websites selling child sex abuse images for bitcoins were reported to the regulator between January and April last year, the watchdog reported yesterday.

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