Facebook Murder Warning
9th March 2010
Following the conviction of Peter Chapman for the murder of 17 year old Ashleigh Hall, Facebook has issued a statement urging people not to meet anyone they have been contacted by online unless they know who they are.
They continued by stating that extreme care should be taken “as there are unscrupulous people in the world with malevolent agendas”.
The mother of the victim, Mrs Hall, also warned parents to find out who their children are talking to on the internet. She said “just put the message out that please. Parents whose kids are on Facebook, please ask them to tell you who they’re talking to. You just don’t know who is behind that photo”.
With the unfortunate increase in social networking crime, measures have been introduced by providers of social network sites. This is being supported by the UK Government, police and schools in offering advice to parents on how to limit the internet use of their children.
Merseyside Police, who were involved in the Chapman case, issued a statement including reference to the ‘Thinkuknow’ campaign. This national programme, run by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre which is part of UK law enforcement, concerns safety on the internet which aims to keep young people safe whilst online.
As a digital forensics company, CYFOR is unfortunately privy to a large number of crimes that are instigated through various online channels. It is entirely possible to investigate such crimes through user histories recorded on digital media, however, CYFOR wholly supports the Government’s proactive approach to limiting this type of crime through organisations such as CEOP.