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William StevenBaltimore, MD – Police have arrested 67-year-old William Steven Albaugh, a deacon for Baltimore’s St. Joseph’s Church, after Verizon found he was storing child porn on their servers.

Detectives first became aware of Albaugh after Verizon Online notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that that Albaugh, a subscriber to their Verizon Online Backup and Sharing, was storing child porn on their online cloud storage system.

Albaugh was arrested on March 1st, and admitted he had been viewing child porn since the ’70s but that he would never harm a child. Police would discover child porn on both his Verizon account and on a flash drive, and would seize two PCs and an iPad.

Police do not feel any of the images they found depict children from St. Joseph’s, its school, or the Fullerton community. The Archdiocese of Baltimore released a statement  stating they have never received any prior allegations against Albaugh, who was ordained in 1996.

Albaugh was charged with possessing child pornography and has since been released on $75,000 bond as the investigation continues.

While any story concerning child pornography is concerning, I also find it a bit concerning that Verizon is checking out the files their customer’s are backing up. As a poster stated over at ArsTechnica, we all know child porn is bad, but what other user data is Verizon checking out?

Verizon’s service agreement does stat that it is “required by law to report any facts or circumstances reported to us or that we discover from which it appears there may be a violation of the child pornography laws.” regarding that underlined portion, does anyone know how they “discover” illegal images or files?

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  • come_and_see

    You don’t actually own the files you store on the “cloud” so Verizon has every right to go digging through your stuff. I’m assuming they have some kind of database that they use to search peoples files for naughty stuff like porn, bestiality, and furries.

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    As he laid on his back in a field looking up at the sky background of his tablet computer, he saw clouds. Others, looking at the device, saw child porn.

  • http://www.facebook.com/special.kali Kelly Eklectusbird

    He probably named the files kidssuckingdick.avi

  • come_and_see

    Oh god fap fap fap

  • Buffettgirl

    Am I the only one that has the feeling his claim of “viewing child porn since the ’70s but that he would never harm a child” is going to prove to be a total fucking lie? This sick POS needs to be taken out behind the woodshed, tortured and then killed…

  • jay gray

    They may have a program that searches for hash values of known CP files. All known CP files are logged by Law Enforcement with hash values if I remember correctly. I had to attend a class offered by the GBI last year and stuff like this was discussed. A lot of the known CP out there isn’t brand new and law enforcement has seen it before and logged into a database and assigned it a hash value (MD5 for example) which can then be searched for.

    Say a pedo has his computer seized and he goes to court. Pedo goes “your honor they can’t prove anything…all they have is a tiny thumbnail pic you can’t make out”. The law enforcement forensic guy then goes to court and says “your honor this file corresponds with a known hash value of CP that has been shared on the internet. The odds of this thumbnail not corresponding with the known image of CP is like 1 in 12 billion” . And then that’s your ass…

  • http://twitter.com/ontvsellpepsi #jodiehatestheworld

    My suspicion is that they view de-identified files, and if the files break the TOS, they identify the user.

  • Sudonim

    You got it right. My husband works for a webhost and once a month they run a search for the hash values of known CP across their whole network. The list is apparently shockingly big too.

    No host has the staff or resources to look through all the things uploaded. They only go looking after someone makes a complaints about the contents.or a cron program tags it.

  • cedric

    My guess is that Verizon is using a filter system similar to what a lot of employers use on work servers.The filter could be set up any number of ways – such as key words.Morbid if you were surprised by Verizon’s behavior – just imagine how shocked Mr.Albaugh was.

  • xtinaway

    honestly, if it means taking perverts like this down then i’m all for my cell provider looking into my stuff that I STORE ON THEIR SERVERS lol. this is no different than a pedo taking a hard drive containing child porn to be repaired and being reported by the repairman. child abuse of any sort is disgusting. even if he was “just looking”

  • Heather_Habilatory

    And this is why I hook my phone up to the computer and back em up on my external hard drive.

    Not that I have child porn. I just don’t want weirdos looking at all my pics. lol

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    I’m glad, er, overjoyed that one more kiddie porn watching pedo will be taken off of the streets.
    Having said that, I’m disturbed that Verizon has given themselves the right to “cherry-pick” their customer’s files & pics. I have a couple of old designs for consumer products on my ‘puter that I’ve been working on for years. If I went with Verizon, they might just capture those designs & steal them. ANYTHING’S possible.
    Another issue might be “Insider Stock Info.” The SEC needs to open up an investigation into Verizon’s activities…
    I hope they’re not doing that because I happen to like the mobile phone service I have through them.

  • JohnQknowitall

    I am glad the bastard was caught, but I agree with your concerns of privacy for those using clouds. I have never trusted them any more than I trust, not surprisingly, any company. They are not altruistically protecting any of us and I go a step further: what the heck were they generally searching for when they stumbled on this nasty bastard’s cache of child porn?

  • 18th40

    That sounded weirdophobic Heather, they prefer geeks or nerds.

  • 18th40

    Shocked ? The look on his face says, “So…you mean then…it wasn’t like a real fucking cloud ?”

  • cedric

    Even with a filter checking files is going to require full time support staff,and be time consuming – I don’t think they “stumbled” across anything John;for what ever reason this Perv dropped into a net and was spotlighted.

  • cedric

    So that’s where you been hiding your nudes,and amateur porn.

  • cedric

    I basically agree with you;people have most likely been uploading their personal sex pics to Cloud thinking of it as a personal internet safe,when in fact it is not.Anytime a company’s employees can go through your files there is a chance they could duplicate and pirate said files (IE naked chick pics).I mentioned chick pics mainly because I happen to like those.

  • JustBrowsingLife

    The whole purpose of online storage is to have access and an offsite safe location for your “private” HA! Files. A word of advice….use the external drive, encrypt it and then store it out of your home. I would suggest a safety deposit box or an onsite fire proof safe. I don’t trust anyone with my personal files especially ones that are not secure. If people can clone vetixon phones

  • http://www.facebook.com/tinamariematthews Tina Matthews

    I don’t understand how people can admit to watching child porn but try and say they would never hurt a child. If they weren’t fucking viewing it then there would be no reason for people to make it! He’s harmed every child he’s ever looked at, sick fuck.

  • cedric

    Since we are discussing internet privacy issues involved with this story let me mention something that I discovered years ago by accident while checking out hidden files located inside Microsoft office.What I found was a built in backdoor program.Since I’m all about security on my home computer I attempted to delete/remove just that one file,and discovered that was not possible.This left me with a choice – keep Office anad the backdoor,or delete the whole program.I chose to keep Office.
    On further checking I discovered that Microsoft is not alone in the pratice of building backdoors into their applications turns out most software makers do this as a way of safe guarding their product.The only private computer is the one with none of this software installed.

  • cedric

    So funny.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    Chances are good that he was backing up quite a lot of data and/or streaming child porn, and bandwidth consumption like that always gets an ISP’s attention. And as others have mentioned, he may have been uploading or downloading files that were flagged for containing child pornography.

    Oh, and since our perv of the day is a Deacon, here’s a little something from our main God-turned-man Jesus:

    “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

    — Matthew 5:28 (ESV)

    He may claim that he’s “never hurt a child,” but if he truly believes what Jesus said right there, he’s hurt children in his heart…and let’s not forget that without sick shits like this one, there would be no one out there profiting from recording children being sexually abused.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ifyouseekamyweston Amy Cavallo Weston

    What he said right before his picture was snapped. “Ahh humbug, that porn was from the 70’s which makes these here kids about 35 dag gummit.”

  • G.I.R.L.

    Well.. he doesn’t need to killed; there is no proof that he actually had sex or attempted to have sex with a child.

  • G.I.R.L.

    Gross; I will never understand people in their disgusting attractions; a child? How do you get a stiffy seeing them being used? Having their youth being forced from them? This is sick and hopefully he didn’t actually engage in anything with a kid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.p.davis.1 Steve Paige Davis

    Seriously. Anyone who claims to have been looking at child porn since the 1970s has also been in contact with others who have or make it themselves-he didn’t get his files off the back of cereal boxes-he got it from people. this bastard is no less guilty of helping harm children, just by degrees-he doesn’t get an out because he never stuck his cock in some innocent kid. This is only his claim, not the truth-with pedos you never know how much truth you are getting because they spend a lifetime covering up their life with lying.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    But I need access to that stuff quite regularly. So that would suck.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    I am a nerd. That is not the definition :p

  • Heather_Habilatory

    You wish that was were they were.

    I mean, NO.

  • 18th40

    No I doubt you’d qualify, I was in an elevator the other day and heard “Home Sweet Home” done in Muzak. Whoever thought that was a good idea, is a nerd.

  • kimbev69

    i would think someone else was privy to it and reported it

  • kimbev69

    and child porn is absolutely not a “victimless” crime, the more it’s looked at the more people will produce it…and umm those kids are obviously victims….

  • kimbev69

    i agree i have nothing to hide so really i don’t care as long as it’s doing some good somewhere…now they can investigate where these pics originated from and possibly post pics of the offenders in the pics as LE has been known to do in the past

  • kimbev69

    i would think that if you had to have someone at microsoft customer service take over your computer to fix a problem this would be what they use

  • kimbev69

    i had a photobucket account that had bathing suit pics of me in it..it was marked private..but yrs later after it was closed i got into an argument over some stupid article and the chick i argued with posted a pic from that account….i have no idea how she got it but since she posted it, it is still out there if you google my screen name…yes you guys are welcome to a gander of me in a bikini..thank god i looked ok

  • kimbev69

    i just googled it and that pic is gone but there are others lol ugh

  • Andyman

    OR ONE THAT IS OFF THE INTERNET

  • Andyman

    Yep! I have two Q-NAP TS439 NAS appliances each with 8 terabytes of capacity in RAID-5. One mirrors the other and both are heavily encrypted. I know I’m a dork, and I have a LOT more data than most but to hell with anyone storing it for me!

  • Buffettgirl

    The proclivity is clearly there, and I’d bet anyone a million dollars that my former child molesting Step-Bastard (he was NO kind of father) would say he never “harmed” a child too. Sure, he didn’t have sex with me, but the touching does it’s own damage. I just don’t think we need to take the risk.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    No. Whoever thought that up was a moron.

  • 18th40

    Yeah can’t argue that.

  • Buffettgirl

    How? I mean really, just HOW? Motley Crue turned to Muzak? I’m going home now, I feel quite ill…

  • bethied

    Yep. Just verbalizing my agreement since I can’t up vote your comment more than once.

  • JustBrowsingLife

    Set up a drive or pc behind your personal secure router. A drive is optimal. You can access the drive from any internet access point with your own login credentials.

  • cedric

    Historically backdoors are a favorite hackers tool to gain access to someone else’s computer. For something legit like tech support one would normally utilize the front door,not sneak in a hidden entrance.

  • cedric

    Agreed,but that kinda sucks.

  • Andyman

    True, but ya could have more than one PC too. Where you been hiding Ced?

  • JohnQknowitall

    You are probably right. Google has a search now where you can just drop a pic in the search field and the engine will then search the web for a copy. Wonder if that technology was put to work here by law enforcement doing a general search.

  • kimbev69

    i have no clue how they do it…not tech savvy at all but always wondered how they can do that…and whats up Cedric!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rochell-Arnold/100000587657456 Rochell Arnold

    Anyone that uses the cloud deserves what they get. Big brother is now watching you.

  • cedric

    I will be doing some googling later :)

  • cedric

    Missed you guys.

  • cedric

    New job doesn’t let me use internet.Home PC has a shity modem – it will connect to DD,but not to the comment section;I’m on my cell right now.

  • cedric

    WOW – I didn’t know that.

  • cedric

    Seems to me that if that was the case the police would have been the one it was reported to,not Cloud.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Leashaness Alicia Lynee’

    Why is it surprising Verizon knows what’s on their storage systems? Isn’t that common sense? Had they not been allowed to know what’s stored in their *own* system, this creep would never have been caught. I seriously doubt this pervert only watched and shared child porn. “I like to watch children get raped but I’d never rape one” Yeah, okay. Sounds legit.

  • WarriorArtemis

    As someone that works for a large organization in the cloud sector they state in the agreements that they do check certain items on the storage node if there is and incident or issue found and they have to view the data. There are strong NDA agreements which leverage privacy laws such as HIPAA and FERPA thus disallowing the disclosure of such information, however the organization CAN be held liable in the event that illegal content was found and not reported, thanks to the GLB act.