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Massive Child Porn Site Taken Down From Dark Web

Four German men arrested, including one responsible for more than 3.5K posts

(Newser) - A child pornography website with 400,000 users is gone, thanks to German federal police and Europol. The site, Boystown, had existed on the dark web since June 2019. Four German men, one who had been living in South America for several years, were arrested. Three were administrators, and one...

Journalists Foil Alleged Plot: 'Target Needs to Be Killed'

Wisconsin's Kelly Harper accused of trying to hire a hit man on the dark web

(Newser) - It's called the "dark web" for a reason, and authorities in Wisconsin say a woman used it to hire a hit man. However, it wasn't police who foiled the alleged plot, but instead a trio of local journalists who were working on a story, reports the Daily...

Hit-Man Site Defends Itself: We Use Ricin

But a new paper says these websites are actually scams

(Newser) - Want a hired killer? The site Azerbaijani Eagles will charge $5,000. Slayers Hitmen, $50,000—if you also want torture. But buyer beware: There's almost no known case of a site following through and committing the actual assassination, according to the New York Times . "It's a...

'Eye-Popping and Sickening': Massive Child Porn Site Busted

337 users arrested in 38 countries, founder is already in prison

(Newser) - A massive child porn site was shut down last year in a bust by US and Korean authorities first revealed Wednesday. Authorities say the Darknet market "Welcome to Video" contained more than 250,000 unique videos, 45% of which contained images previously unknown to authorities, and was run by...

A Tip About Huge ATM Withdrawals Led to Historic Bust
A Tip About Huge
ATM Withdrawals
Led to the Dark Web
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A Tip About Huge ATM Withdrawals Led to the Dark Web

At least 420K counterfeit Xanax tablets were seized

(Newser) - Their "storefront" operated on the dark web, but their undoing was a bunch of New York City ATMs, say prosecutors. Three New Jersey men have been charged in what prosecutors describe as a $2.3 million pill operation that sold counterfeit Xanax and other drugs to customers in 43...

Johansson Talks Deepfake Porn
Johansson Talks 
Deepfake Porn

Johansson Talks Deepfake Porn

The actor laments a seedy Internet practice

(Newser) - Scarlett Johansson is throwing in the towel: How can deepfake porn be stopped? For the uninitiated, deepfakes are AI-generated videos that place one person's face on another's body to simulate them doing something they'd likely never do, per Business Insider . Deepfakes can be fairly harmless fun—like...

This Case Is 'Worst of Its Kind in German Criminal History'

Mother, partner sentenced to jail for selling boy to pedophiles via the dark web

(Newser) - A warning before you read on: As far as child abuse cases go, the Guardian calls this one "the worst of its kind in German criminal history." A 48-year-old woman and her 39-year-old partner (himself a convicted pedophile) have been convicted of selling the woman's now-10-year-old son...

Cops: Nurse Plotted to Kill Doctor's Wife

Tina Jones allegedly paid $10K in bitcoin on the dark web

(Newser) - An Illinois nurse hired a dark web company to kill the wife of a male doctor with whom she had an affair, police say. Woodridge police say that last Thursday, the CBS show 48 Hours reached out to them to say an area woman was allegedly involved in a murder-for-hire...

'One of the Finest' at Cambridge Revealed as 'Warped, Sadistic'

Matthew Falder's arrest, sentencing hailed as 'watershed moment' in Britain

(Newser) - "It's a bit of a watershed moment ... for policing," says a member of Britain's National Crime Agency. An investigation that started in August 2013 and involved as many as 100 investigators across the UK, the US Department of Homeland Security, Europol, and the Australian Federal Police...

He Allegedly Went From Ashley Madison to Dark Web to Murder

Stephen Allwine accused of killing wife after requesting hit

(Newser) - Stephen Allwine allegedly had no moral objection to sleeping with women other than his wife, but he was opposed to divorce—or, at least, his church was. It's for that reason that he tried to arrange his wife's murder through the dark web and finally killed her himself...

Alleged Online Drug Lord Tripped Up by Beard Contest

Gal Vallerius nabbed in Atlanta en route to beard competition

(Newser) - People in trouble with the law often grow a beard, or don a fake one, to avoid notice. In Gal Vallerius' case, his beard is what did him in. Vallerius, who authorities believe is an administrator for a dark web narcotics site, was arrested Aug. 31 at Atlanta's airport...

Reputed Dark Web Mastermind Found Dead in Jail Cell

Alexandre Cazes of AlphaBay was being held in Bangkok

(Newser) - He was thought to be a kingpin in the mysterious world of the dark web, and now the 26-year-old Canadian is dead. Authorities say that Alexandre Cazes is believed to have hanged himself in his holding cell in Thailand after his arrest earlier this month, reports the Bangkok Post . As...

'Dread Pirate Roberts' Will Spend Rest of His Days in Prison

Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht loses appeal of his life sentence

(Newser) - A three-judge panel says it "might not have imposed" a life sentence on Ross Ulbricht, who ran a drug-peddling website on the dark web, but that's no reason to overturn it. The appellate court on Wednesday found Ulbricht's sentence of life in prison without parole for drug...

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—...

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...

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...

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—...

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...

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...

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...

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