Disgusting kids hide some of the worst child abuse photos behind what looks like ordinary websites to everyone else.
The sick tactic has exploded to worrying levels, with experts finding an average of 115 cloaked websites every working day.
Uncovered images include newborn babies hidden in plain sight so only depraved perverts can find them.
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) charity, which is responsible for detecting and fighting child sex abuse online, says it exposed 26,272 covert websites in the past year.
Although the phenomenon is not new, cases have increased by 541 percent compared to 2020.
Experts say that Paedos use legitimate porn sites and websites with 404 error messages to hide their evil content.
With a special key and a secret “digital path” of links, perverts can decipher what lurks behind.
“It looks perfectly normal, like a legitimate website, there’s nothing unusual about it at all,” Tamsin McNally, IWF hotline manager, told The Sun.
“It’s about traversing different paths on the Internet, and that’s where you get this key.
“Then when you load the same site again, instead of being that 404 page or possibly that legitimate adult porn site, it flips and changes completely.
“There are often many, many pictures and/or videos of children being raped and abused, horrific images of sexual abuse right there, clear as day.”
She likened the underhanded strategy to going into someone’s home, where a person lets you in and inside looks like a normal home.
But the next day you have a key and you reach through the back door to find a rundown shack instead.
“When this person let you in, they showed you what they wanted to show you,” McNally explained.
Perverts also try to make money from it
As if the rising trend isn’t bad enough, Paedos are also trying to sell the sick videos on these hidden sites.
worrying, self-created content is still the biggest type of material pundits struggle with.
“What we are seeing is an escalation in the underhanded tactics used by these criminals to evade detection and thwart the efforts of law enforcement agencies around the world,” warned IMF chief Susie Hargreaves.
“All images and videos are of real children – children suffering to allow these criminals to share and exploit this material.
“By unmasking these sites and taking a stand against these clever tactics, we can ensure that these predators have nowhere safe to hide and that they have nowhere to turn to share this harmful material.”
Images and videos of child sexual abuse online can be reported anonymously to the IMF website.
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