RT Reports - Over 300 children who had suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Playpen members have been identified or rescued. 870 arrests world wide. This is the result of the US FBI taking over the server of the playpen site and installing malware revealing site visitors real IP addresses and locations.
Tor is still anonymous but people and criminals still screw up their privacy and make mistakes. There was some controversy with some saying the FBI took the warrant way too far installing malware on people's computers.
The FBI has been criticized for what it called a “court-approved network investigative technique” used to unearth information about the suspects. It emerged that the agency, with court approval, seized and ran the pedophile website for 13 days in February 2015.
The FBI’s command of the Playpen site enabled the agency to infect over 8,000 users’ computers with malware and hack them. Notably, the site was said to be more efficient and even experienced a boost in audience numbers with the FBI in charge of its content.
Internet privacy experts found the FBI’s handling of the case highly questionable and contrary to privacy laws. --900 suspected pedophiles arrested as ‘darknet’ child porn kingpin jailed for 30yrs
"...highly questionable and contrary to privacy laws." Boo-hoo. My personal opinion is that it should be open season on people who traffic and abuse children. People buying the pictures and videos of the resulting of the trafficking and abuse are encouraging and supporting the crime and should be put away as well.
CP is not a "victimless" crime. We're not talking copyright infringement. Children were being hurt and the EFF will just have to get over it.
In addition to taking down the website, the ongoing investigation, as of May 4, 2017, has produced the following results:
At least 350 U.S.-based individuals arrested
25 producers of child pornography prosecuted
51 hands-on abusers prosecuted
55 American children successfully identified or rescued
548 international arrests, with 296 sexually abused children identified or rescued.
'Playpen’ Creator Sentenced to 30 Years
The website admin screwed up and revealed the websites real world IP address to someone, somehow. Authorities found out and notified the FBI of the US IP address. FBI scoops up the server, grabs the records, logs, accounts, everything. The owner and two admins were in the US. The FBI went one step further and took control and operated the website installing malware on the customer computers revealing their real IP addresses outside of the TOR network.
Tor aka The Darknet is still dark and anonymous.
Yes, criminals user Tor and encryption to evade authorities. It doesn't mean only criminals use Tor and encryption. Governments want back-doors into Tor and encryptiong to stop criminals and terrorists. One governments terrorist is another's freedom fighter. Governments define the crimes, if we allow governments to invade everyone's privacy then anyone can be defined as a criminal.
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