Russian-based IMGSRC is a free photo-sharing service. Users can upload photographs of any topic to the website, and some users have used it to disseminate child pornography. A few internet users have been detained and are facing criminal charges.
The majority of the website runs legitimately. As of 2014, IMGSRC boasted 637,000 users who had 38 million images submitted.
On iMGSRC, thousands of photos are put under an encrypted password that members must have in order to view them, even though many of the photos are posted legally. Although the UK’s National Crime Agency keeps an eye on pictures uploaded to the website, the agency can only detain people if they upload illicit material.
A New Jersey man named Alex Gonzalez was detained and charged with publishing pornographic images of a 15-year-old high school student on iMGSRC in the spring of 2014. For the offence, the individual received a 10-year prison term.
Paul Manganelli Jr., a Massachusetts police officer, was charged in 2013 with sending and receiving images and videos of child pornography via iMGSRC. According to the officer, he used the website to conduct research and find internet child pornographers. In 2014, he received a five-year federal prison term.