Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Paul Adkison uses Predator Panic to hock Cyber-security software, assumes we are "lurking"
Paul Adkinson associates registrants with terrorists, then tells people to assume we are always lurking and trolling for kids online. Can we assume this clown is always lurking and trolling for your money?
Posted: 3:23 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016
9 Investigates sex offenders still on social media
By Joe Bruno
MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — More than 1,000 sex offenders live in Mecklenburg County, and the sheriff's office is responsible for keeping track of them all.
"It's an enormous job, but it is something we embrace," Maj. Dan Johnson said.
But it's more than just keeping track of where sex offenders live.
North Carolina law bans sex offenders from social media. It's the sheriff's office's job to make sure they stay off.
The law has faced legal challenges since it was enacted in 2008. It was struck down by an appeals court in 2013, then re-enacted by the state's Supreme Court last November.
"We have to rely on is information coming from outside," Johnson said.
Channel 9 learned the sheriff's office doesn't actively check to make sure sex offenders are off social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Johnson said there are too many websites and too many offenders to track.
"There is just no way to be able to look at each and every one of these offenders and make sure sites aren't being operated," Johnson said.
Channel 9 searched the names of random sex offenders from Mecklenburg County. Among the findings was the profile of Sadiq Abdullah.
He was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual contact in New Jersey while working at a psychiatric hospital. He went by the name Carl Ambrose at the time.
Channel 9 went to his house to ask him about his account. His most recent public post was just last month. Abdullah said he created the account for social networking.
Abdullah deleted his Facebook account after Channel 9 started investigating and said he wasn't aware that North Carolina law banned him from using one.
Cyber safety experts said it is a problem with no easy solution.
"All of these different applications are popping up from everywhere," cyber-safety expert Paul Adkison said. "Whether it is a sexual predator or teens or terrorists, all of them use these messages of communication because they are all point-to-point communications offered by private companies across the world, and they are really difficult to track."
Adkison developed software, Zabra, that allows parents to track their children's communication online.
His software monitors what children are saying and to whom, flagging conversations that may be of concern.
He said that with social media websites gaining popularity every day, keeping sex offenders off social media is only going to get more difficult.
"You have to make the assumption they are lurking," Adkison said. "You have to make the assumption that they are trying to approach kids."
According to Adkison, parents must remain engaged and warn children to use good judgment by not talking to strangers online.