Child Pornography Links Detected In Bitcoin’s System

German researchers detected about 1,600 files of non-financial data and other unpleasant content within a system of Blockchain, including links to child pornography.

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Experts are still discussing how cryptocurrency or underlying blockchain technology stands with their promises for applications in different sectors.

RWTH Aachen University’s researchers determine blockchain behind child pornography

Recently, RWTH Aachen University’s researchers presented a paper called A Quantitative Analysis of the Impact of Arbitrary Blockchain Content on Bitcoin at the conference, saying they determine hundreds of links that point child pornography buried in the Bitcoin blockchain.

The researchers settled with the conclusion that most of the files were harmless. But some enclosed copyright violations and the disclosure of people’s recognizable information and just 8 files of them comprising sexual content. Unfortunately, another piece of sexual content seemed to be a pornographic image of a minor. And the others contained a total of 274 links to child pornography, 142 of which were on the Dark Web.

The researchers wrote

“Our analysis shows that certain content, e.g., illegal pornography, can render the mere possession of a blockchain illegal.”

“Since all blockchain data is downloaded and persistently stored by users. They are liable for any objectionable content added to the blockchain by others.  Consequently, it would be illegal to participate in a blockchain-based system as soon as it contains illegal content.”

It is very difficult to recognize who added the offensive files because users on the blockchain are anonymous and create a fresh address for every transaction.

Regulations Required

The researchers commented there is regulation in various nations. Subsequently, they suggest illicit content held on the blockchain would be illegitimate to own for all its users. Further, researchers suggested that technicians forming new blockchain enterprises could address these adversities, to safeguard users from the liability.

It is impossible to say that Bitcoin and other blockchain-based structure can provide a security system workaround to prevent these adversities. However, there are no licit procedures on this matter. It means participants of the blockchain could probably be the one who faces the adversities in future.  

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Mustafa Mulla

Mustafa has been writing about Blockchain and crypto since many years. He has previous trading experience and has been working in the Fintech industry since 2017.

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