German cybercrime experts brought down a child pornography platform on the darknet following months of intensive investigation, authorities in the German state of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania announced.
German police were first alerted to the existence of the child pornography ring by an anonymous tip in December 2017. The whistleblower used the “Netzverweis.de” police site, which focuses on child pornography, cybercrime and extremism.
One of the users was found to be a German national and arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing his own child. He also intended to “offer” the child to others, the police said.
Authorities believe that hundreds of users visited the illegal site, which was based on the anonymous Tor software. The chat-based platform featured some 200,000 illegal child porn entries.
During the investigation, the authorities discovered that a Dubai-based internet provider was renting out the platform. The illegal files were located on a server in the Netherlands. The authorities did not immediately say if the provider or the server owner would be affected by the proceedings.