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The FBI Took Over a Child Porn Site—and Users Loved It

Users raved about site's improvements while agency tried to secretly find suspects

(Newser) - For two weeks in early 2015, the FBI infiltrated a child porn website on the dark web and kept it running , hoping to use special software to ID users. Not only was the mission successful—nearly 190 people have been charged in the sting as of July, per the DOJ—... More »

For 2 Weeks, the FBI Ran a Child Porn Site

137 people face charges, but not everyone is pleased

(Newser) - From Feb. 20 to March 4 of last year, the FBI ran one of the largest child pornography sites on the dark web—a section of the Internet where people usually operate with anonymity—with the goal of using security-cracking software to identify users. Early last year, the site known... More »

There's Now a News Site on the Dark Web

ProPublica launches 'hidden' version

(Newser) - The "dark Web" isn't all guns, drugs, and child pornography: The hidden reaches of the Internet are home to discussion forums, radio stations, and now, a major news site. ProPublica has launched a version of itself that can only be accessed through the Tor anonymity network, allowing users... More »

A Stolen Netflix Account Can Be Yours for Only 50 Cents

No one should be able to pay that little to watch Frasier

(Newser) - Digital moochers are using Netflix and HBO Go accounts that don't belong to them without even having the decency to suck up to their family and friends to do so. Business Insider reports hackers are selling accounts to digital streaming services—everything from Netflix to Spotify to Marvel Unlimited—... More »

80% of Dark Web Traffic Revolves Around Pedophilia

Study finds child pornography is the biggest draw among anonymous users

(Newser) - Between March and September of last year, four out of five visits to a major part of the Dark Web—the anonymous corner of the Internet—were to sites exhibiting the sexual abuse of children, says a new study picked up by Wired . These sites account for only 2% of... More »

Massive Dark-Web Bust Takes Down 400 Sites

17 arrested this week

(Newser) - Online shoppers looking for drugs, weapons, or hitmen may have just hit a wall. Authorities from 17 countries, including the US, have shut down a huge chunk of the "dark web" in the past week, making some 17 arrests, the Guardian reports. Authorities seized host servers, more than 400... More »

US Makes Significant Child Porn Bust

'Never before ... have we identified and located this many minor victims'

(Newser) - US police have taken down a secret, members-only child porn ring, and with it achieved quite the feat: "Never before in the history of this agency have we identified and located this many minor victims in the course of a single child-exploitation investigation," one official told Reuters . The... More »

Inside One Man's Attempt to Crowdfund Assassination

'Kuwabatake Sanjuro' thinks bitcoin site can wipe out all governments

(Newser) - Ben Bernanke has an almost $75,000 price on his head, placed there by anonymous malcontents online. He's the biggest—but far from the only—target on Assassination Market, a "dark web" site that lets users nominate targets and contribute money to the cause using theoretically untraceable bitcoins.... More »

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