Hide Show

URL:

News:

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's our newest PSC Super Hero Whyme!!! :eyes
Congratulations to our newest Established Members Cartographer, Shorty, and ChildLvr :cheer

Author Topic: How the world’s biggest dark web platform spreads millions of items of child sex  (Read 28018 times)

piñata

  • Addicted Member
  • **
  • Posts: 92
  • Karma: 1
  • Age Preference: 4-12
  • Gender Preference: Girls
https://theconversation.com/how-the-worlds-biggest-dark-web-platform-spreads-millions-of-items-of-child-sex-abuse-material-and-why-its-hard-to-stop-167107

Quote
Several high-profile onion services hosting child sex abuse material have been shut down following extensive cross-jurisdictional law enforcement operations, including The Love Zone website in 2014, PlaypEn in 2015 and Child’s Play in 2017.

A recent effort led by German police, and involving others including Australian Federal Police, Europol and the FBI, resulted in the shutdown of the illegal website Boystown in May.

But one of the largest child sex abuse material forums on the internet (not just Tor) has evaded law enforcement (and activist) takedown attempts for a decade. As of last month it had 508,721 registered users. And since 2013 it has hosted over a million pictures and videos of child sex abuse material and abuse porn.

I wonder which one that is. Alice? I didn't think AiW existed for a decade.

on the rocks

  • Staff Team+
  • PSC Lord
  • ******
  • Posts: 11,275
  • Karma: 80
  • I've heard worse reasons to start drinking.
  • Age Preference: 4-14
  • Gender Preference: Boys & Girls
full article text:
Quote
Child sexual abuse material is rampant online, despite considerable efforts by big tech companies and governments to curb it. And according to reports, it has only become more prevalent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This material is largely hosted on the anonymous part of the internet — the “darknet” - where perpetrators can share it with little fear of prosecution. There are currently a few platforms offering anonymous internet access, including i2p, FreeNet and Tor.

Tor is by far the largest and presents the biggest conundrum. The open-source network and browser grants users anonymity by encrypting their information and letting them escape tracking by internet service providers.

Online privacy advocates including Edward Snowden have championed the benefits of such platforms, claiming they protect free speech, freedom of thought and civil rights. But they have a dark side, too.
Tor’s perverted underworld

The Tor Project was initially developed by the US Navy to protect online intelligence communications, before its code was publicly released in 2002. The Tor Project’s developers have acknowledged the potential to misuse the service which, when combined with technologies such as untraceable cryptocurrency, can help hide criminals.


Tor is an overlay network that exists “on top” of the internet and merges two technologies. The first is the onion service software. These are the websites, or “onion services”, hosted on the Tor network. These sites require an onion address and their servers’ physical locations are hidden from users.

The second is Tor’s privacy-maximising browser. It enables users to browse the internet anonymously by hiding their identity and location. While the Tor browser is needed to access onion services, it can also be used to browse the “surface” internet.

Accessing the Tor network is simple. And while search engine options are limited (there’s no Google), discovering onion services is simple, too. The BBC, New York Times, ProPublica, Facebook, the CIA and Pornhub all have a verified presence on Tor, to name a few.

Service dictionaries such as “The Hidden Wiki” list addresses on the network, allowing users to discover other (often illicit) services.


Child sex abuse material and abuse porn is prevalent

The number of onion services active on the Tor network is unknown, although the Tor Project estimates about 170,000 active addresses. The architecture of the network allows partial monitoring of the network traffic and a summary of which services are visited. Among the visited services, child sex abuse material is common.

Of the estimated 2.6 million users that use the Tor network daily, one study reported only 2% (52,000) of users accessed onion services. This suggests most users access the network to retain their online privacy, rather than use anonymous onion services.

That said, the same study found from a single data capture that about 80% of traffic to onion services was directed to services which did offer illegal porn, abuse images and/or child sex abuse material.

Another study estimated 53.4% of the 170,000 or so active onion domains contained legal content, suggesting 46.6% of services had content which was either illegal, or in a grey area.

Although scams make up a significant proportion of these services, cryptocurrency services, drug deals, malware, weapons, stolen credentials, counterfeit products and child sex abuse material also feature in this dark part of the internet.

Only about 7.5% of the child sex abuse material on the Tor network is estimated to be sold for a profit. The majority of those involved aren’t in it for money, so most of this material is simply swapped. That said, some services have started charging fees for content.

Several high-profile onion services hosting child sex abuse material have been shut down following extensive cross-jurisdictional law enforcement operations, including The Love Zone website in 2014, PlaypEn in 2015 and Child’s Play in 2017.

A recent effort led by German police, and involving others including Australian Federal Police, Europol and the FBI, resulted in the shutdown of the illegal website Boystown in May.

But one of the largest child sex abuse material forums on the internet (not just Tor) has evaded law enforcement (and activist) takedown attempts for a decade. As of last month it had 508,721 registered users. And since 2013 it has hosted over a million pictures and videos of child sex abuse material and abuse porn.

The paedophile (eroticisation of pre-pubescent children), haebephile (pubescent children) and ephebophile (adolescents) communities are among the early adopters of anonymous discussion forums on Tor. Forum members distribute media, support each other and exchange tips to avoid police detection and scams targeting them.

The WeProtect Alliance’s 2019 Global Threat Assessment report estimated there were more than 2.88 million users on ten forums dedicated to paedophilia and paraphilia interests operating via onion services.
Countermeasures

There are huge challenges for law enforcement trying to prosecute those who produce and/or distribute child sex abuse material online. Such criminal activity typically falls across multiple jurisdictions, making detection and prosecution difficult.

Undercover operations and novel online investigative techniques are essential. One example is targeted “hacks” which offer law enforcement back-door access to sites or forums hosting child sex abuse material.

Such operations are facilitated by cybercrime and transnational organised crime treaties which address child sex abuse material and the trafficking of women and children.

Given the volatile nature of many onion services, a focus on onion directories and forums may help with harm reduction. Little is known about child sex abuse material forums on Tor, or the extent to which they influence onion services hosting this material.

Apart from coordinating to avoid detection, forum users can also share information about police activity, rate onion service vendors, share sites and expose scams targeting them.

The monitoring of forums by outsiders can lead to actionable interventions, such as the successful profiling of active offenders. Some agencies have explored using undercover law enforcement officers, civil society, or NGO experts (such as from the WeProtect Global Alliance or ECPAT International) to promote self-regulation within these groups.

While there is a lack of research on this, reformed or recovering offenders can also provide counsel to others. Some sub-forums seek to offer education, encourage treatment and reduce harm — usually by focusing on the legal and health issues associated with consuming child sex abuse material, and ways to control urges and avoid stimuli.

Other contraband services also play a role. For instance, onion services dedicated to drug, malware or other illicit trading usually ban child sex abuse material that creeps in.

Why does the Tor network allow such abhorrent material to remain, despite extensive opposition — sometimes even from those within these groups? Surely those representing Tor have read complaints in the media, if not survivor reports about child sex abuse material.
It's never so bad that it can't get worse.

on the rocks

  • Staff Team+
  • PSC Lord
  • ******
  • Posts: 11,275
  • Karma: 80
  • I've heard worse reasons to start drinking.
  • Age Preference: 4-14
  • Gender Preference: Boys & Girls
Quote
Several high-profile onion services hosting child sex abuse material have been shut down following extensive cross-jurisdictional law enforcement operations, including The Love Zone website in 2014,
But one of the largest child sex abuse material forums on the internet (not just Tor) has evaded law enforcement (and activist) takedown attempts for a decade. As of last month it had 508,721 registered users. And since 2013 it has hosted over a million pictures and videos of child sex abuse material and abuse porn.

I wonder which one that is. Alice? I didn't think AiW existed for a decade.

No current site has existed since 2013.  That is a mistake in the article.  They must be referring to AiW as it's the most "senior" CP forum out there and the one likely to have those kinds of stats.  They just got it crossed up as to how long it's been around.
Articles like this always do that same thing where they say how many "users" the site has while failing to mention that 95% of those are abandoned accounts.

Quote
While there is a lack of research on this, reformed or recovering offenders can also provide counsel to others. Some sub-forums seek to offer education, encourage treatment and reduce harm — usually by focusing on the legal and health issues associated with consuming child sex abuse material, and ways to control urges and avoid stimuli.

At least they did the courtesy to bring up this aspect of what actually goes on in CP trading communities.


Quote
Why does the Tor network allow such abhorrent material to remain, despite extensive opposition — sometimes even from those within these groups? Surely those representing Tor have read complaints in the media, if not survivor reports about child sex abuse material.

This last paragraph is extremely retarded.  The whole point of Tor and the internet itself is that it's decentralized and there's no one "in charge" of it.  They can't control it without shutting it down or turning into another clearnet.  They clearly need to read their own explainer about what the Darkweb actually is.

For once, I would love for a news article about child pornography to mention that the vast majority of pictures and videos they call "pornography" are simply nudity.  Just young, naked humans.  That's all.  But they don't want to say that because they want the public to continue thinking that it's all little kids getting held down and brutally raped.  And godforbid if they find out that a lot of that softcore child nudity is filmed by the children themselves these days.  These are the subtle ways in which the media would rather stoke moral panic about child porn than accurately report on it as a phenomenon.
Ignorance creates fear and fear creates compliance!
It's never so bad that it can't get worse.

toritori11

  • Regular Member
  • **
  • Posts: 33
  • Karma: 0
For once, I would love for a news article about child pornography to mention that the vast majority of pictures and videos they call "pornography" are simply nudity.  Just young, naked humans.  That's all.  But they don't want to say that because they want the public to continue thinking that it's all little kids getting held down and brutally raped.  And godforbid if they find out that a lot of that softcore child nudity is filmed by the children themselves these days.  These are the subtle ways in which the media would rather stoke moral panic about child porn than accurately report on it as a phenomenon.
Ignorance creates fear and fear creates compliance!

When I first got onto the dark web I was also under that impression. But most of what I have seen around is usually just nude or self-made by the ignorance of the child.

I wonder how an honest journalist would write a proper article on this topic. I would imagine that if they own up to seeking CP or asking around forums they would get immense push-back. It is quite sad honestly.

Matthew1914

  • Staff Team
  • PSC Legend
  • *****
  • Posts: 2,681
  • Karma: 32
  • Suffer the children to come unto me.
  • Gender Preference: Girls
I wonder how an honest journalist would write a proper article on this topic.

One word: Virtue-signaling-click-bait

  • Tox ID: FF2ACC7790AE3A01315F4425EB384CC7D194D5EBDCEF75D97DBC89391C9DB95224245587C6D7
Where must we go, we who wander this wasteland, in search of our better selves. -The First History Man

on the rocks

  • Staff Team+
  • PSC Lord
  • ******
  • Posts: 11,275
  • Karma: 80
  • I've heard worse reasons to start drinking.
  • Age Preference: 4-14
  • Gender Preference: Boys & Girls
I wonder how an honest journalist would write a proper article on this topic.

One word: Virtue-signaling-click-bait

That's like four words. :rofl
It's never so bad that it can't get worse.

toritori11

  • Regular Member
  • **
  • Posts: 33
  • Karma: 0
I wonder how an honest journalist would write a proper article on this topic.

One word: Virtue-signaling-click-bait

That's like four words. :rofl

It is hypened together, it counts as one :lol

Pedo4VR

  • Established Member
  • **
  • Posts: 162
  • Karma: 1
  • Age Preference: 1-9
  • Gender Preference: Girls
Sites like Topic Links 2.0 and many other CP sites have been offline for several days, some for a few weeks. It appears that actions against these platforms are successful (as of this moment).

Daddy23458

  • Community Hero
  • ***
  • Posts: 356
  • Karma: 2
  • Age Preference: 1-14
  • Gender Preference: Girls
The biggest, most active child porn and abuse site on earth is Twitter.

  • Tox ID: 7E2F50BB68BEDE118C635A776D5E7883EF7F79EA332D5BABF6B8B32F6D6BD121B35221AACEC4

girlsmom

  • PSC Master
  • ****
  • Posts: 1,205
  • Karma: 18
  • Age Preference: 6-12
  • Gender Preference: Boys & Girls
So how does an article like this affect PSC? I understand that there are no links or images here but it is a forum that does in some ways support pedophilia. I am always expecting this site to not be here whenever I log on. Other than a couple times in the past, it is still here and thriving. Does it skirt the issue of child porn websites being illegal?

ijp

  • Staff Team+
  • PSC Legend
  • *****
  • Posts: 2,542
  • Karma: 54
  • understanding is often preceeded by confusion
  • Gender Preference: Girls
So how does an article like this affect PSC? I understand that there are no links or images here but it is a forum that does in some ways support pedophilia. I am always expecting this site to not be here whenever I log on. Other than a couple times in the past, it is still here and thriving. Does it skirt the issue of child porn websites being illegal?

It's a minor miracle we're still here to be completely honest. We've rotated through multiple administrators and hosts, each of which could have been the end.

We have a few things that keep us safe:

1. We are at worst legally grey. We have people which tell stories of illegal things they've done, but nothing which draws the kind of attention of actual CP sharing.

2. We are relatively small. These major CP sites tend to have hundreds of thousands of members, hundreds active at a time, when they're taken down. We have many registered members, but on average we only have tens which are active. It's just not as big of a bust.

3. We don't get cocky about security. All the admins have and should continue to be very strict about separating their persona on the site from real life. Failing that we have always decoupled hosting from administration making it require at least two people to screw up for the site to disappear. I think it's also quite common for the admins on CP forums to have identity linked contact in a way that made it easy to catch everyone at once.