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Dark web child abuse operation

Post by Carana » Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:59 am

Another amazing undercover operation by Oz (and other) cops :



Australian police sting brings down p.a.e.dophile forum on dark web

Exclusive: Undercover operation by Queensland’s Taskforce Argos secretly ran child abuse site for almost a year
Saturday 7 October 2017 09.16 BST

https://www.theguardian.com/society/201 ... n-dark-web
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Post by catkins » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:56 am

Well done to them.

I feel bad for the officers who have to go into and view this stuff :s_sad
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Post by honestbroker1 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:10 am

For some reason your link doesn't work (at least for me)

Was this the article?

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/darknet

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Post by Carana » Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:43 am

honestbroker1 wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:10 am
For some reason your link doesn't work (at least for me)

Was this the article?

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/darknet
I guess they moved it. Here:
https://www.theguardian.com/society/201 ... n-dark-web
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Post by Carana » Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:28 pm

honestbroker1 wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:35 pm
Still the same

https://www.theguardian.com/society/201 ... n-dark-web

Link not working.
Working for me...
Try copying and googling part of the headline.
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Post by honestbroker1 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:09 pm

Carana wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:28 pm
honestbroker1 wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:35 pm
Still the same

https://www.theguardian.com/society/201 ... n-dark-web

Link not working.
Working for me...
Try copying and googling part of the headline.
All I'm getting is this message:

Sorry - we haven’t been able to serve the page you asked for.


:s_sad

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Post by honestbroker1 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:20 pm

Finally sussed the problem.

It's the board filter that mangles the word 'p.a.e.dophile'.

This is the article:
Australian police secretly operated one of the dark web’s largest child abuse sites for almost a year, posing as its founder in an undercover operation that has triggered arrests and rescues across the globe.

The sting has brought down a vast child exploitation forum, Childs Play, which acted as an underground meeting place for thousands of p.a.e.d.o.philes.

The police involvement was uncovered by journalists with the Norwegian newspaper, VG, who spent months tracing Childs Play’s origins and monitoring public posts.

The paper’s investigation, shared with the Guardian, led them to the offices of Queensland police’s Taskforce Argos, a specialist child abuse unit, in January.

Unwittingly, they had stumbled on to a sensitive police operation.

The Argos squad had quietly taken over Childs Play three months earlier, assuming the identity of its founder following his arrest for the rape of a four-year-old girl in the US.

To maintain their cover, undercover detectives were posting and sharing abuse material on Childs Play. Other users continued to post and view images while the site was under police control.

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Jon Rouse, the head of Taskforce Argos, a Queensland police unit that specialises in disrupting child s-e-x abuse networks online. Photograph: Michael Safi for the Guardian
It was at least the second operation of its type conducted from the unit’s Brisbane headquarters.

Last year, the Guardian revealed Argos used a similar takeover to bring down Richard Huckle, dubbed Britain’s worst p.a.e.dophile, and Shannon McCoole, an Australian state care worker whose arrest triggered a royal commission.

Childs Play’s scale made it significant on the dark web. The site was created in April 2016, and had attracted more than 1m user registrations by the time police took it offline last month.

Between 3,000 and 4,000 of those users were active, the Guardian understands.

About 100 “producers” filmed the rape of children and shared videos and imagery with the Childs Play “community”.

The Argos operation has now led to investigations by a dozen foreign countries into the site’s users.

The Argos commander, Insp Jon Rouse, said it had led to “significant rescues of children globally” and the arrest of “serious criminal child s-e-x offenders”.

He said Tor, a program that masked users’ identities, attracted child s-e-x offenders to sites such as Childs Play.

“The perceived anonymity and ‘safe haven’ that this environment allegedly provides facilitates the exchange of child exploitation material, it provides a platform for them to share their horrendous ideologies and it also is a vehicle for them to share methodologies to try to defeat law enforcement agencies,” Rouse told the Guardian.

“Our team, and units like ours across the world are singularly focused on stopping the sexual abuse of children and we will continue to work together to infiltrate, disrupt and dismantle child s-e-x offender networks like this one,” he said.

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Taskforce Argos assumed the identity of Child dPlay’s founder after his arrest for the rape of a four-year-old girl in the US. Photograph: Michael Safi for the Guardian
The leader of the site, Canadian Benjamin Faulkner, is serving life behind bars for the sexual assault of the four-year-old in Virginia last year, which he committed alongside American Patrick Falte.

Taskforce Argos, working with European police and US Homeland Security, had been tracking the two men before the rape in Virginia. They got an alert that Faulkner had crossed the border, and knew he was likely to meet Falte.

The police soon pounced, arresting both at a home in Virginia.

Following the arrest, they moved the website to an Australian server, and the Argos unit assumed the identity of Faulkner. They began posting to the community, quickly apologising for the unexplained absence.

“Phew, what a month that was!. A month of my life that I won’t get back. Although technically most of the really screwed up Sh!t happened in October, not September, hence my late foray into this month,” the team posted.

“Sorry again about the late arrival but I did ask the Staff team to step in and cover for me in my enforced absences.”

The forum’s community expected a monthly post from Faulkner. If it did not come, members would know the site was compromised.

Each of the posts was to end with an image of child exploitation, a measure thought to create a legal hurdle for undercover police. But no such hurdle exists in Australia, where legal protections allow police to post abuse material.

It puts them in an uncomfortable position. To prevent harm to children, detectives must share images of child exploitation.

The child protection advocacy group Bravehearts says the tactic poses difficult questions for police.

But its executive chair and founder, Hetty Johnston, is supportive of the Argos methodology, and says the team’s groundbreaking work is saving children from harm.

“I think it’s a tough question for everyone involved, and I know it’s a tough question for police,” Johnston said.

“But I support this 100% because the images that police would use would not be images that they create, they would be existing images. And the idea is to get to people who are currently sexually offending against children,” she said.

“This is a war, and we have to engage in the war. We have to engage in it.”

Johnston describes Argos’s work as groundbreaking and Rouse as “an absolute genius”.

“He should be Australian of the year, what he has to do, what he has to view, would send most of us absolutely stark raving mad,” she said.

The powers to share abuse material are not unique to Australia. But they are not available to many English-speaking law enforcement agencies.

The Argos squad is highly experienced and well resourced. That makes Australia a sound base from which to launch global child abuse investigations.

Falte and Faulkner first met online, but became better acquainted in 2015, through another child exploitation site. The next year, Faulkner created Childs Play.


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“With the security scares brought about recently [...] and the lack of good forums, I decided to bring Childs Play to the community,” Faulkner wrote, according to VG.

“The goal of Childs Play is to provide a simple free access forum to the community, while simultaneously allowing a safe and secure place to talk and just be ourselves.”

The Norwegian newspaper began monitoring the site in 2016. The paper’s IT expert, Einar Otto Stangvik, created a program that allowed him to download, index and analyse all the public messages on the forum.

In January, he found a weakness in the system that led him and journalist Håkon Fostervold Høydal to identify the website’s owner as Taskforce Argos.

Høydal met Argos investigator Paul Griffiths and Rouse in Brisbane. The paper then waited until Childs Play was offline before publishing their investigation on Saturday.

“After the meeting with Griffiths and Rouse, we understood that the journalists had discovered an ongoing police operation,” VG editor-in-chief Gard Steiro said.

“Although it was stunning news and obviously of public interest, we decided to hold off publishing what we knew. The situation was unclear. We needed more information before deciding what could be published. In a worst-case scenario, VG could have damaged the investigation and endangered innocent people.”

This article was produced with the assistance of VG and based upon investigations it conducted. VG has launched a documentary on Childs Play, detailing their investigation and the involvement of taskforce Argos.

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Post by Whiterose » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:28 am

This little girl has been saved thank god http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news ... n-11316816 They decided to reveal her face so that someone might recognise her, her mother did and her partner was arrested. Vile man, hope is sentence in very long and he gets hell in prison :s_sad
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Post by catkins » Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:09 am

Oh thank god for that......poor little mite. I hope she recovers well.....and I hope her abuser rots in hell.
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Post by Carana » Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:09 pm

Whiterose wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:28 am
This little girl has been saved thank god http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news ... n-11316816 They decided to reveal her face so that someone might recognise her, her mother did and her partner was arrested. Vile man, hope is sentence in very long and he gets hell in prison :s_sad
Thank heavens the mum heard the appeal.

The police must have been at their wits' end trying to identify her. I can just imagine a heavy-duty conference meeting weighing up whether posting her photo was the right way to go or not.
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Post by Whiterose » Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:56 am

I can't imagine what the mother went through seeing her daughters face in an appeal like that :s_sad

The Police Officers having to look through those films, I bet some keep them up at night. Imagine seeing those films and being helpless to help the children, looking for some detail that could help find them. I wouldn't want that job, I salute those who do it.
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Post by catkins » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:21 am

Whiterose wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:56 am
I can't imagine what the mother went through seeing her daughters face in an appeal like that :s_sad

The Police Officers having to look through those films, I bet some keep them up at night. Imagine seeing those films and being helpless to help the children, looking for some detail that could help find them. I wouldn't want that job, I salute those who do it.

Totally agree with you Whiterose...
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Post by Carana » Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:42 pm

Whiterose wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:56 am
I can't imagine what the mother went through seeing her daughters face in an appeal like that :s_sad

The Police Officers having to look through those films, I bet some keep them up at night. Imagine seeing those films and being helpless to help the children, looking for some detail that could help find them. I wouldn't want that job, I salute those who do it.
From what I've read (and posted), they have mandatory debriefing / therapy sessions. Not sure how long they do that job for... Still, if it saves even one little kid, they have reason to be proud.
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