Cops Reportedly Monitoring Porn Viewers in Malaysia

Cops Reportedly Monitoring Porn Viewers in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR — Police in Malaysia have reportedly employed technology that monitors user porn habits on desktops and mobile devices.

New Straits Times reported today that the Malaysia Internet Crime Against Children Investigation Unit, or MICAC, has the ability to locate and pinpoint in real time users who are surfing porn sites.

MICAC subsequently created a “data library” of these individuals, New Straits Times reported.

The data library, which includes details on the sites users frequent, how long they spend on the sites, and the files they upload and download, would then be used to prosecute any offenders, the report said.

“We will pick up those who visit these sites regularly. We use a software that was specially developed to allow us to identify, locate and track visits to porn sites, especially those involving child porn,” Ong Chin Lan, an official with MICAC, told New Straits Times.

The intelligence will then be passed to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to obtain the users’ details, Lan said.

In a press tour with New Straits Times reporters, the monitoring program showed the porn user’s IP address, location, the name of the website where he uploaded or downloaded pornographic material, the actual time the user surfed the sites and the duration spent.

“At the time the New Straits Times was given a tour of the system, which was around noon, the computer monitors were lit up and peppered with multicolored balloon markers indicating the location of some 2,500 IPs nationwide that were uploading or downloading pornographic material,” a New Straits Times reporter wrote.

“The balloon markers were divided into seven colors, each indicating the file-sharing platform being used to share explicit contents.”

Ong told New Straits Times that MICAC had the power to seize mobile devices, computers or laptops to check for pornographic material under Section 292 of the Malaysia Penal Code to download or upload pornographic material.

Pictured: MIMAC official demonstrate monitoring program