FBI's porn baron sting shuts half of child sex sites.
MORE than half of the world’s internet child porn sites went offline after the FBI used cyber-criminal techniques to track down an alleged Irish porn baron.
The IT expert – who has worked as a software developer for a number of banks – makes for an unlikely criminal mastermind and has been described as a quiet “computer nerd”.
However, FBI chiefs believe the man arrested is the “the largest facilitator of child porn on the planet” and is the mastermind behind a shadowy company called Freedom Hosting.
The company – which is part of the hidden internet dubbed the ‘darknet’ – is believed to host a range of internet sites selling everything from guns, drugs and child pornography.
Any website hosted by Freedom Hosting was untraceable by law enforcement officials because they masked IP addresses using a technology called TOR.
Freedom Hosting hosted the world’s most popular child porn websites. One site alone boasted 14,969 members and one million pictures and thousands of sick videos of children being abused.
The arrest has stunned criminals who use the ‘darknet’ to sell drugs, weapons and child porn.
Experts claim more than 50 per cent of the illegal child pornography sites disappeared overnight as criminals scramble for cover following the arrest.http://www.sundayworld.com/top-stories/c...child-sex-sites