337 arrested in 38 countries
337 suspects from 38 countries were arrested after the liquidation of one of the world's largest pornographic and pedophile websites in the dark web. The "Welcome to Video" site contained over 200,000 movies that were downloaded over a million times.
The website was closed in 2018, but British investigators, together with services from other countries, including Poland, analyzed the materials collected on "Welcome to Video". After analysis, 337 people were arrested in 38 countries. British National Crime Agency (National Crime Agency) reported that the arrests were in Great Britain, Ireland, America, South Korea, Germany, Spain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Czech Republic and Canada.
Investigators confirmed that hundreds of pedophile pornographic films could be found on the site. Most of them were extremely drastic and disgusting. According to investigators, Welcome to Video was one of the first websites of this type that accepted payments for access in bitcoins.
Reaching deep into the dark net up to the website, for which the arrested Korean was responsible, is the result of an investigation in the case of pedophile Matthew Falder from England, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison, including for blackmail, urging rapes and forcing victims to participate in the production of child pornography. Matthew Falder, 30, a Cambridge graduate, pleaded guilty to 137 charges. He never saw his victims. He always contacted them over the internet. The man was arrested as a result of an international investigation being just conducted by the National Crime Agency, the FBI and Europol.
The investigation into the Falder case began as early as 2013, but then it was conducted by the FBI and concerned someone hiding under a nickname Inthegarden. Two years later, the British agency began its investigation, looking for a nickname 666devil. In 2015, both agencies understood that it is one and the same person. At that time, an international investigation group was formed, which included, among others NCA, FBI, Europol and Australian Federal Police. From Falder, investigators reached Kyle Fox and other men who had already been convicted.
Analyzing bitcoin transactions, NCA then reached the Welcome to Video website and its users. To date, 337 suspects have been arrested worldwide. In the USA, 92 people were searched, 34 people were charged. As the British agency emphasizes, thanks to the investigation 23 children were rescued and threatened to be abused. | allthingsblogging.com