Almost every case stems from the Philippines, where good English speakers, increased internet connections and widespread international cash transfer systems combine with widespread poverty and easy access to vulnerable kids.The youngest victim ever, rescued a few weeks ago, was an infant, two months old. “This should serve as a warning,” said NBI anti-human-trafficking chief Janet Francisco, who leads the case.A webcam is a video camera that feeds or streams its image in real time to or through a computer to a computer network.When "captured" by the computer, the video stream may be saved, viewed or sent on to other networks via systems such as the internet, and emailed as an attachment.
The project carried out a bulk surveillance program, under which they nabbed webcam images every five minutes from random Yahoo users' video chats and stored them in a database.
They chatted with friends, posted pictures, and when they were tired, stretched out on their beds to rest.
But at some point, each of them looked up and noticed the same strange thing: the tiny light beside their webcam glowing.
"Face detection has the potential to aid selection of useful images for 'mugshots' or even for face recognition by assessing the angle of the face," it reads.
"The best images are ones where the person is facing the camera with their face upright." The GCHQ agency staffs were allowed to display "webcam images associated with similar Yahoo identifiers to your known target", the document reads, also it states “Bulk surveillance of Yahoo users was begun” as "Yahoo webcam is known to be used by GCHQ targets." Yahoo has reacted furiously and denied any prior knowledge of the webcam interception program, and said that it had no awareness of or involvement with the GCHQ collection, describing the activity as "a whole new level of violation of our users' privacy." And a GCHQ spokesman said in a statement, "It is a longstanding policy that we do not comment on intelligence matters.