Al Jazeera: Research group launches online database of accused Irish clergy. “Ahead of Pope Francis’ scheduled visit to Ireland, an international research group launched a database of Irish clergy convicted or credibly accused of sexually abusing children.”
BBC: Reddit sleuth identifies car part, leading to hit-and-run arrest. “US Police have made an arrest in a fatal hit-and-run case after an obscure part of a car headlight was identified by a social media user.” The part identified is small enough to fit in someone’s hand. A very little bit of car.
Phys .org: Are US cities getting more or less violent? New database offers mixed picture . “Violence has fallen in nearly all major U.S. cities since 1991, according to a new analysis by researchers at New York University. However, recent fluctuations in violence in selected cities point to temporary disruptions in this 17-year decline.”
Lovely. From BetaNews: Demand for dark web malware exceeds supply. “Malware writers have been using a free market model to sell their wares for some time. The success of this approach is clear from new research by Positive Technologies that finds demand for malware creation on the dark web is three times greater than supply. Demand for malware distribution is twice the supply. This mismatch of supply and demand has led to interest among criminals in new tools, which are becoming more readily available in the form of partner programs that include malware-as-a-service and malware distribution-for-hire.”
The Next Web: One year after massive takedowns, dark web marketplaces are thriving. “The past year has been one of the most tumultuous for the dark web, as massive law enforcement efforts have untangled and disbanded several large criminal operations — but did these operations actually make a difference?”
The Guardian: FamilyOFive: YouTube bans ‘pranksters’ after child abuse conviction. “YouTube has banned a family of vloggers from its platform, after the parents were convicted of child neglect in the course of filming their popular ‘prank’ videos. Michael and Heather Martin,who post videos under the name FamilyOFive, were , after viewers raised alarm over their treatment of their children in videos.”
NPR: Doctoral Student Compiles Database Of Indigenous Women Who’ve Gone Missing. “As many as 300 indigenous women go missing or are killed under suspicious circumstances every year in Canada and the U.S., but the exact number is unknown because the Federal Bureau of Investigation isn’t really tracking the numbers. ‘I would venture a guess that if we did have the data, it would show that native women are more disproportionately represented,’ Annita Lucchesi says…. Lucchesi is a doctoral student at the University of Lethbridge in Canada now. Back when she was working on her master’s thesis, she tried to find the total number of indigenous women who were either killed or went missing in U.S. and Canada.”