Ore. Family's Photos Posted on Pedophile Websites

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A Central Point, Ore., family has learned the hard way just how easily Internet pictures can be stolen and posted on pedophile websites.

April Miller's husband recently uploaded hundreds of family pictures using the iPhone application Photobucket. Many of the pictures were of their two sons, who are both under the age of 12.

Miller said her husband didn't realize he needed to click the application's privacy button.

"You have to be aware," she said. "You have to know. Had my husband known there was that option, I know he would have hit it. But he automatically assumed that they're going to be on private."

A few days later, someone told Miller they had found her sons pictures on questionable websites on the Internet, so she asked the local police to investigate.

"They found one of the sites, and my son was on one. He said it was on, what he called 'a gay pedophilia site' where people could make comments," Miller said.

Even though the website was shut down, the pictures have continued to circulate.

That accident has changed life for the Millers.

Miller has since changed her family's daily routines. She's afraid those who viewed her children's pictures will track them down in real life.

"It was an easy mistake, but it's a mistake that we'll never ever be able to take back," she said.

Companies like Photobucket can make family pictures public if the privacy settings are not set.

Miller hopes her story will remind other families to be cautious when posting photos on the Internet.

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