Overseas website targeting students in state

SPRINGFIELD -- The harsh reality is information will never be truly secure on the internet. Some area high schoolers are finding that out the hard way.

An overseas website is sharing nude photos of people they say are from the area. The site lets users request pictures of students by their graduating class.

Sacred Heart Griffin and Sangamon Valley were among some of the high schools reportedly on the site. Officials at the schools dispute that.

67 Illinois high schools are singled out on the website, however both superintendents say they don't believe any of their students are on the site or associated with it.

Some think it could be fake. No students have come forward to say they're on it. Each district says it's doing everything in its power to remind students about the realities of posting or texting personal pictures to people.

Both schools have hosted assemblies educating students about how just one photo can come back to haunt a person later in life.

A UIS  computer science professor says, since the site is overseas, it makes it harder to remove the images. Illinois has laws on the books criminalizing someone who posts intimate photos without consent.

However, if someone wants to press charges for a photo posted without permission, the person must be able to identify who posted the image. So, without knowing the identity of the culprit, it makes it harder to hold someone accountable.

For victims who do find themselves in these situations, law enforcement says to collect as much information as possible, like the website, the date and time of the post or who else might have received the photo.


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