German police shut down “Boystown” on the dark web

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Germany: German police issued a statement today confirming arrests related to what is being described as a bust of "one of the world's biggest child pornography dark net platforms," which contained "images of most severe sexual abuse of toddlers."

 

In mid-April, four individuals were arrested after police served search warrants at their residences. The men are identified as ranging in ages between 40 and 64, and three of them, believed to be administrators for the website, and the final arrest of what they believe is the most prolific user on the site.

 

That man has been identified as a 64-year-old from Hamburg who was allegedly responsible for 3,500 posts on the site.

 

The suspected administrators of the website have been identified as a 40-year-old from Paderborn, and 49-year-old from Munich, and a 58-year-old from northern Germany who had been living in Paraguay. German authorities have requested his extradition.

 

The website, called "Boystown" was taken offline following the arrests.

 

Investigators believe the website, which boasted chat channels where users shared tips for remaining anonymous on the dark web, had been in operation since at least June 2019 and had over 400,000 members.

 

German investigators worked with Europol and investigators from the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Sweden, and the United States.

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