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Nude girl photos may stay online forever

AAP logoAAP 17/08/2016 By Georgie Moore

High school girls exposed in nude photos uploaded by their peers may have to live with the degrading images online forever, a cyber crime expert says.

Australian police are investigating a website, thought to be in the format of a message chat forum and hosted overseas, that encourages boys to post nude photos of girls.

Almost 20 Queensland schools and two from Tasmania have been confirmed to be linked to the site so far.

But the operation is believed to involve girls from about 70 schools across the country.

Australian National University cyber crime expert Roderic Broadhurst says it's often impossible to get the photos offline or catch those behind the site.

"We sometimes call them bulletproof ISP locations - jurisdictions that don't have standard cyber crime legislation ... that don't have laws that enable people who use those sites to be extradited," he told AAP on Wednesday.

"They operate through proxies, in other words, they shift around their location. Although a service might be located in one place, it appears to be operating from another.

"If those images sit on a database in a foreign jurisdiction, where you don't have mutual legal assistance, how are we to recover them or stop them moving around?

"There's no control, no guarantee of getting them back. These young women possibly have to live with the fact these images are out there forever."

Prof Broadhurst said this was why it was vital to warn young women about how vulnerable they were to exploitation.

If they are sharing images and things for fun, one day it might come back to haunt them," he said.

Why is it often impossible to get nude photos offline?

* Cyber crime can involve a victim in one country, an offender in another country and content from a third.

* Information can be encrypted (or written in code) and sent through a series of proxies (or indirect network services) so the last address is not the original source.

* This makes it difficult to find the original, but even if it's possible, there's still a code to crack.

* Site operators are usually based in countries with lax cyber crime legislation and no mutual legal assistance agreements.

(Source: Australian National University cyber crime expert Professor Roderic Broadhurst)

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