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Cyber Criminal who used webcams to spy on victims is jailed

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A cyber criminal who used malware to spy on unknowing victims via their personal webcams has been jailed for a series of offences following an investigation by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU).

ERSOU’s Regional Cyber Crime Unit were alerted to the illegal online activities of Shaun Turner, 29, of Race Course View, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, relating to his use of a malware system known as a Remote Access Trojan or ‘RAT’.

The RATs used by Turner enabled him to download all files held on his victims’ computers – including personal pictures, videos and identity documents. In addition, he deployed software to victims’ computers that streamed live images taken by their webcam to his own computer to view.

A number of victims were identified, who Turner had never met. Records were discovered that showed Turner had also acted as a ‘salesman’ for the distribution of malware, and offered technical assistance to aspiring cyber criminals over chat applications.

Turner pleaded guilty to five offences including voyeurism, possession of indecent images of a child and a series of crimes under the Computer Misuse Act, including refusing to provide his encryption key for his computer files.

At Peterborough Crown Court yesterday (Monday) he was sentenced to three years in prison. Turner was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years restricting his future access to children and the internet.

Detective Inspector Martin Peters from ERSOU’s Cyber Crime Unit said: “We deal with a number of cases in which we work jointly with national and international partners.

“This case shows the insidious effects that cyber criminals can have on people’s personal lives, demonstrated in the fact that Turner accessed his victims’ computers and personal information without their knowledge.

“In some cases intimate personal images of the victims were stolen from their computers, while they themselves were unwittingly observed via their webcams for Turner’s own personal gratification. The youngest of the victims was aged just 15.

“Investigation of Turner’s devices showed that he had accessed pornographic websites and at the same time as looking at the victims’ own photos. There are suspected to be many more victims in this case who we have not been able to identify.

“Today’s sentence should send a stark message to cyber criminals. Your activity leaves a footprint which we will trace, to ensure that we prevent the harm caused to children and our communities by cyber crime.”

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Dad arrested after Mylee Billingham aged 8 stabbed to death

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Eight-year old Mylee Billingham was stabbed to death in her own home, Her father has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Mylee was found with serious stab injuries and rushed to Hospital, but died a short time later.

Her father Bill Billingham aged 54 is a murder suspect in the case, he has been arrested he remains in a critical condition after attempts failed to take his own life.

Police say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the murder.

He is under a police guard after he was discovered with a stab wound to his stomach and will have to undergo surgery.

Police officers responding to a domestic incident were called to a house in Brownhills near Walsall in West Mindlands at 9.15pm on Saturday.

 

Her father uploaded a photo of Mylee to his Facebook profile just before emergency services were alerted to the tragedy.

The post was captioned with the words “Pitza on bed Iv Moo x.”

The girl was pictured on her bed smiling with two plates of pizza in front of her, Moments later she was murdered.

A post-mortem examination will take place later to establish the exact cause of Mylee’s death.

West Midlands Police said Billingham is yet to be questioned by officers due to his condition.

 

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Girl aged 8 who was stabbed to death named as Mylee Billingham

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A little girl who was tragically stabbed to death has been named as 8-year-old Mylee Billingham.

Police responded to a domestic related incident near Walsall and sadly discovery Mylee seriously injured.

Despite frantic efforts by police, paramedics and doctors nothing could be done to save Mylee.

Cops immediately arrested a man aged 54 in connection with her murder.

Sadly Mylee was found with life threatening injuries at a property in Brownhills, near Walsall, on Saturday night, and died a short time later in hospital.

West Midlands Police said the man was also taken to hospital with a stab wound to the stomach.

The 54-year-old man who was arrested remains in a “critical” condition and will Be question “in due course” in relation to the murder of 8 year old Mylee.

Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with Mylee’s death.

Our thoughts are with Mylee’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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Girl 8 stabbed to dead in Walsall, West Midlands

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Police have launched a murder investigation after an 8 year old girl was stabbed to death near Walsall.

A 54-year-old man has been arrested following the attack overnight in Brownhills.

Cops responded to a 999 call at 9.15pm to reports of a disturbance at the address on arrival they found a girl with serious injuries.

She was rushed to hospital but sadly nothing could be done to save her this girls injuries were too serious and she died a short time later.”

The 54-year-old man was also taken to hospital and treated for a stab wound to his stomach.

Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, from the homicide unit, said: “We are treating this as a domestic incident and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the child’s death.

“Our family liaison team are supporting the family of the little girl, who are naturally devastated by her death. Our thoughts remain with them.”

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