Eric Garland+ Your Authors @ericgarland Intelligence analyst and advisor to CEOs and governments. I break down global events into clear narratives and appropriate profanity. Oct. 16, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors


-Takedown of the site was March *2018*.
-Bitcoin/blockchain analysis key to investigations.
-More than 100 children rescued from abuse.
-Darknet "hidden" by TOR routers.

-Society must decide what to do with "lawless" online spaces
-Criminal complaints facilitated by following the blockchain
-Assets will be recovered to recompense victims
-250,000 videos uncovered
-Law enforcement intends to rescue more of these victimized children

-IRS-Criminal, ICE, US Attorney's Office DC, South Korean and British partners key in takedown

Chief of IRS-Criminal Investigation:
-Indictments unsealed will seize cryptocurrency used in these crimes

-IRS-CI de-anonymizing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to target criminals around the world
-Cryptocurrency corroborated against other forms of evidence
-8 terabytes of child porn seized; largest seizure in history

-IRS specializes in both fiat currencies and virtual
-Shell companies were tracked, leading to prosecutions "There is nowhere you can hide." 🔥🔥🔥 

Homeland Security Investigations-ICE:
-1.3 million Bitcoin addresses identified 🔥🔥🔥
-HSI-ICE will work with center for missing children to identify victims and rescue them

-Since 2003, 27,000 criminal arrests for child exploitation
-"The veil has been lifted. WE ARE ON THE DARKNET, TOO" 🔥🔥🔥⚖️⚖️⚖️⚖️🔥⚖️🔥⚖️

UK National Crime Agency:
-Welcome to Video came to NCA's investigation into Matthew Falder
-18 investigations of offenders in UK, 7 prosecutions
-Pedophiles increasingly tech-savvy; law enforcement increasingly dedicated

-3 million accounts exist on 10 top pedophile websites
-increase in criminal reporting
-NCA sees escalation of criminal behavior of pedophiles
-Darknet and cryptocurrencies used to proliferate and hide increased criminal activity

Source: Bloomberg, NCMEC

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