Internet crimes

Given the global reach of the Internet, the posting of child abuse material online constitutes an international crime and demands concerted collaboration worldwide.

At INTERPOL, we work very closely with many partners to increase awareness, enforce laws and to prevent crime in this area. We also work with organizations such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) to improve safety and security online.

We run many initiatives,including the development of a victim identification network and the coordination of international operations. Key to identifying victims is the International Child Sexual Exploitation database.

A key project involves the monitoring of websites to develop the "worst of" list of sites that are illegal in all countries. We then work with Internet Access Service Providers (ASPs) to block access to sites containing child abuse material.

Identifying videos of abuse

To aid law enforcement in fighting crimes against children, a new forensic technology has been developed to assist in finding and removing the most explicit videos of child sexual exploitation from the Internet.

Created by online security technology provider Friend MTS and donated to the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, the technology generates a unique digital signature, like a fingerprint, of child sexual abuse videos, which can then be compared with other videos to detect matching ‘fingerprints’.

Once a video is given a ‘fingerprint’, police and Internet service providers can quickly and easily identify full or partial copies of the video wherever they are hosted online. This enables online providers to filter and block known child sexual abuse material, and helps police to investigate cases of online child abuse more efficiently.   


The Baseline system allows partners in the public and private sectors to recognize, report and remove child sexual abuse material from their networks.

They can do this by checking images and videos on their networks against the Baseline list of ‘digital signatures’, which is calculated from some of the worst child abuse images and videos recorded in INTERPOL’s International Child Sexual Exploitation database.

In the case of a match, the network operators alert the police and can remove the material, thereby limiting its circulation.

The Baseline list is made up of ‘hash codes’, and does not include the images and videos themselves.  A digital signature is only added to the Baseline list following agreement by three different members of  INTERPOL’s specialist network of investigators as meeting strict criteria in terms of the severity of the image content, for example those believed to feature children aged 13 and under. The strict criteria ensure that the Baseline list refers only to images and videos which would be considered as illegal in any country.

18 novembre 2016

Guidelines for protecting child sexual abuse victims endorsed at INTERPOL meeting

14 juin 2016

INTERPOL souscrit au nouveau Guide de terminologie sur l’exploitation sexuelle des enfants et les abus pédosexuels

30 mars 2016

Internationally wanted paedophile behind bars thanks to swift police action by Cambodia and Belgium via INTERPOL

15 décembre 2015

Les forums d’agresseurs pédosexuels sur Internet visés par une opération coordonnée par INTERPOL

18 novembre 2015

Rescuing online child sexual abuse victims spotlighted at INTERPOL meeting

16 novembre 2015

INTERPOL soutient l’appel à suivre le modèle d’intervention national proposé au sommet #WePROTECT pour lutter contre les abus pédosexuels

05 novembre 2015

L’Assemblée générale d’INTERPOL approuve le projet proposé pour l’avenir de l’Organisation

04 novembre 2015

Rwandan programme to tackle gender-based violence spotlighted at INTERPOL General Assembly

23 septembre 2015

INTERPOL et le FBI resserrent leurs liens dans la lutte contre le terrorisme et la cybercriminalité

16 septembre 2015

INTERPOL réunit des experts pour un échange de bonnes pratiques en matière de lutte contre la « sextorsion »

25 juin 2015

Official visit to INTERPOL by Frances Fitzgerald, Ireland’s Minister for Justice and Equality

14 avril 2015

L’action menée au niveau mondial pour identifier via INTERPOL les victimes d’abus pédosexuels renforcée par un outil de Microsoft

20 février 2015

Togo police arrest suspected child rapist accused of kidnapping two girls from Benin