Exploiting the human during a cyberattack is common. In fact, statistically, over seventy percent of the reported attacks in 2017, occurred due to human error. Approximately half of those successful attacks exploited the day-to-day end-user, the remainder were errors by the IT employees.
Attacking the human is successful, in part, because of human nature. Targeting the good nature, curiosity, and, eagerness of a person is simple. We want to help, we want to engage with technology.
ABI’s Cyber Crime Unit on Nov. 20 carried out a search warrant at Blackwell’s Parsons Road home, according to Alabama state trooper spokesman Sgt. Steve Jarrett. He declined to elaborate on the accusations against Blackwell, saying only the crimes involve child exploitation and child abuse.
According to court records, ABI agents interviewed Blackwell during the raid. Asked if he ever had been sexually active with a child, he said, he “had done a little” with a 9-year-old boy and found it sexually arousing.
Blackwell, however, said he and the boy have had sexual encounters multiple times over the past year. He indicated it was consensual. He said he “never liked kids” but the victim grew on him and he “loves him to death.” Blackwell told investigators he feels the boy loves him as much.
His identity is currently unknown but agents say he may be involved with child exploitation and the sexual abuse of a minor.
Video of the man engaging in sexually explicit activities was found online in April 2013 by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Investigators have isolated images from the video in the hopes of tracking this person down.
Washington (CNN) — An international operation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement aimed at child pornography and sexual abuse has resulted in the arrest of 245 suspects, officials announced Thursday. All but 23 of the suspects were apprehended in the United States.
The agency said that during the course of Operation Sunflower, law enforcement officers identified 123 victims of child exploitation and removed 44 of those children from their alleged abusers with whom they were living. The other cases involved victims who were exploited by people outside their homes or children who were harmed years ago and are now adults.