German authorities shut down major darknet platform

Published May 5, 2021, 9:34 AM

by Christian Niel Angel

Darkweb

German authorities shut down one of Europe’s most prolific platforms that distribute child sexual abuse material on the dark web. Europe’s law enforcement agency Europol said in a statement yesterday.

The platform, known as “Boystown,” which has been taken down, had 400,000 users; also seized were several other chat sites on the dark web.

Authorities said that they found “images of most severe sexual abuse of toddlers” among the photos and video material.

Earlier this month, Four German nationals ages between 40 and 64 were detained in connection to the case; three of them are in suspicion of working as administrators on the platform. One was arrested in Paraguay. Another man was also detained under the suspicion of being a registered member with more than 3,500 posts on the platform.

Law enforcement agencies from Sweden, Australia, Canada, Netherlands, and the United States worked with Germany’s Federal Crime Police to take down the site.

 
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