FBI investigation into child pornography on Tor provides more than 3,000 cases in Europe

Jan

25

2016

The results of an FBI investigation into a child pornography site on Tor has 3229 business yielded Europol. The suspects are spread among EU countries but how many of them are in Belgium and the Netherlands, is unclear.

From research Motherboard show that in any case authorities in Greece and Denmark suspects have been arrested on the basis of the information collected by the FBI. Outside the EU arrests in Turkey and Chile and also in Colombia. In the US itself it comes to 137 cases. The authorities of these countries to the existence of the so-called ‘Operation Pacifier “or confirm, but refused to comment further. Tweakers asked whether the department Europol also to Dutch and Belgian authorities information about visitors to the website has passed, but the organization can not comment on matters still pending. The Dutch Public Prosecution Service can also deliver in the short term at the weekend no comment.

FBI In 2015 the FBI rolled the child pornography network on the Tor website “Playpen” on. Instead of removing the site offline, the American authority decided to continue to host the site on its own servers in Virginia. Playpen was equipped with what the FBI calls a network investigative technique, a hacking tool that includes the IP and MAC addresses of website visitors are exposed despite the use of anonymizing service Tor. How this technique works and what potential vulnerabilities in Tor were used for this purpose is not clear. The FBI, the site for about two weeks rotating held in February and March of 2015 and Playpen described as the “largest remaining hidden child porn site in the world with 215 000 members, according to Motherboard.

Interestingly, the FBI with a single US court order on a large scale data gathered from not only American visitors, but also visitors from abroad. Without the knowledge and consent of the countries concerned. In cases such as combating child pornography or terrorism, for instance, however, usually less taken lightly such limits of powers. In addition, can also be argued that the FBI in the two weeks it also hosted Playpen, it has committed itself to the dissemination of child pornography. That is an argument that applies a lawyer of one of the American suspects.
Update, 16:27: reaction attached to Europol. The agency does not comment on ongoing cases.

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