University of Limerick researchers help Brazilian police combat distribution of child…

first_imgIs Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? A GROUP of researchers at the University of Limerick have teamed up with federal police in Brazil to combat the distribution of child pornography on the dark web.The research, recently published in the Nature’s Scientific Reports journal, details the results of applying network analysis to assess the effectiveness of Operation Darknet – a Brazilian Federal Police crackdown on one of largest paedophile online forums hidden by the Tor browser.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The police operation, carried out between 2014 and 2016, led to the arrest and identification of 182 users – 170 of which were distributors – and the rescue of six children. 766 of the more than 10,000 users were sharing content.The team of researchers from the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI) and the Centre for Social Issues Research, both based at UL, subsequently investigated how effective the operation was in disrupting the distribution of the content.The research team, which included a federal police officer from Brazil, used the analysis to suggest the best ways to target individuals to maximise the effect of this disruption.“Network analysis has previously been applied to drug trafficking networks and terrorist networks to identify structural weaknesses and key figures in these illicit networks,” explained Dr Pádraig Mac Carron, a postdoctoral researcher who worked with Dr Bruno da Cunha, Kleber A. Oliveira and Professor James Gleeson on the research.“Initially the police investigation was highly effective, quickly arresting those responsible for more than half the content provided. However, subsequent targets were less optimally selected. This analysis should lead to more efficient police interventions,” he added.The team believe the collaboration to be a first between Brazilian law enforcement and Irish mathematicians. Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro, mentioned the UL research in a recent interview, outlining that “one should invest in intelligence methods to enrich police work” and that “the publication is an index of the quality of the scientific know-how of the Brazilian Federal Police”.The research was partly funded by Science Foundation Ireland and by the European Research Tom [email protected] Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Print Advertisement Limerick on Covid watch list Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 WhatsApp Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Previous articleLimerick entrepreneurs encouraged to plan for short and long-term successNext articleDouble for Billy Lee and all this weeks Racing News Staff Reporter Email TAGSBrazilCrimeeducationLimerick City and CountyResearchUniversity of Limerick Twitter Facebook TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! NewsCrime & CourtEducationUniversity of Limerick researchers help Brazilian police combat distribution of child pornographyBy Staff Reporter – February 17, 2020 458 Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past yearlast_img read more

Spring start

first_imgThe highest monthly totals from Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network stations were 7.48 inches in Cherokee County, followed by three reports of more than 7 inches in Troup County. The highest one-day amount occurred in La Grange March 11, when 5.02 inches was reported by one observer. Several inches of snowfall were observed March 2 and 3 north of Interstate 20 across north Georgia, including a daily total of 5 inches in Rabun County. The snow caused minor traffic accidents and some school closings across north Georgia.One twisterThere was one tornado reported. A small tornado hit Dooly County March 12, resulting in minor tree and building damage. Hail and wind also affected the north-central region March 21 and east-central Georgia March 28, causing tree damage and minor roof damage to a barn.During March, the drier conditions improved soil moisture levels somewhat by the end of the month, although a wet spell in mid-March slowed this progress for a few days. Cold temperatures continued to slow growth of forage, causing farmers to supplement feed at additional costs. The cold also inhibited seed germination for some crops. One daily rainfall record was set at Alma, where the daily rainfall reached 2.02 inches March 11, breaking the old record of 1.24 inches set in 1968. Spring across most of Georgia started cooler and drier than normal, forcing flowering plants and trees to bud a week to two weeks later than usual.In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 50.7 degrees F (3.6 degrees below normal), in Athens 51.6 degrees (1.9 degrees below normal), Columbus 52.3 degrees (5.3 degrees below normal), Macon 52.6 degrees (3.6 degrees below normal), Savannah 55.6 degrees (3.7 degrees below normal), Brunswick 55.8 degrees (4.6 degrees below normal), Alma 54.8 degrees (6.4 degrees below normal), Valdosta 56.6 degrees (3.3 degrees below normal) and Augusta 52.8 degrees (3.1 degrees below normal). No daily temperature records were set in March.Two-inch averageMost of the state received at least 2 inches of rain. A few areas in north Georgia received more than 6 inches of precipitation, which included the water equivalent of snow received in the area earlier in the month.The highest monthly total precipitation from National Weather Service reporting stations was 4.24 inches in Atlanta (1.14 inches below normal). The lowest was in Athens at 2.39 inches (2.60 below normal). Valdosta received 3.42 inches (2.01 below normal), Macon 3.49 inches (1.41 inches below normal), Brunswick 2.45 inches (1.48 inches below normal), Augusta 3.20 inches (1.41 inches below normal), Columbus 3.83 inches (1.92 inches below normal), Savannah 2.72 inches (.92 inches below normal) and Alma 2.79 inches (2.01 inches below normal).last_img read more

South Tipp football action

first_imgMoyle Rovers come up against Ardfinnan at 2 00 PM and Ballyporeen take on Kilsheelan Kilcash at 3.30pmThere was one Senior football game last night when Aherlow Gaels beat Drom Inch 2-12 to 1-10last_img

Man who drove semi truck into crowd of protesters charged

first_imgA semi truck driver who drove a company vehicle into a crowd of people protesting the death of George Floyd has been charged.The incident occurred in Minnesota on Interstate 35W near downtown.Authorities have identified the driver as 35-year-old Bogdan Vechirko.Video circulating on the internet shows people jumping out of the way as Vechirko drove the vehicle through the crowd at a high rate of speed. Vechirko then stops the vehicle and is immediately surrounded by the protesters and pulled out of the vehicle.  Several protesters then beat him up before turning him over to police.While thousands of people were on the highway at the time,  authorities reported that they believe no one was seriously injured.“I think many of you, like me, have watched the video of the truck and the peaceful protesters. I am so incredibly thankful we had no fatalities or no injuries,” said Democratic Minnesota Governor Tim Walz.Vechirko was taken to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries before being transported to an area jail.He has since been charged with assault.last_img read more