Child Abuser Caught After Uploading Pictures to Darkweb Forums

Investigators have arrested a 43-year-old from Lower Saxony for the serious sexual abuse of children and the distribution of child pornography. According to a press release from the Central Office for Combating Cybercrime and Cloppenburg police, the man sexually abused a child at least 15 times and uploaded pictures and videos of the assault to darkweb forums.

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BKA: Fighting Darknet Child Abuse Forums

Matthias Wenz, Deputy Head of a unit of the German Federal Police dedicated to crimes against children, talked about the current state of child abuse on the clearnet and darknet. He spoke about the limitations in child pornography investigations, the victims of these crimes, and the changes needed in punishing child pornography law violations. He said some things likely overlooked by the general public and controversial to others: He questioned the use of investigative techniques employed in the operations that brought down Playpen, The Love Zone, and Childs Play.
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German Police Bust Darknet Child Abuse Site

German authorities have somewhat of skill when it comes to taking down darknet child abuse forums and chatrooms. The German Federal Criminal Police Office recently took down Elysium. Now, Hanover police and the Hanover Public Prosecutor took down a massive child abuse chatroom with tens of thousands of members. They have also arrested two administrators. The investigation followed a tip Hanover police received in 2017. A member of the chatroom called “Tabooless Chat” accidentally leaked his information in the chat and an unknown third party—a civilian—sent that information to Hanover authorities.
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