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[tor-talk] dutch police crawling hidden servers



  "Operation Torpedo began with an investigation in the Netherlands in
  August 2011. Agents at the National High Tech Crime Unit of the
  Netherlandsâ national police force had decided to crack down on online
  child porn, according to an FBI affidavit. To that end, they wrote a web
  crawler that scoured the Dark Net, collecting all the Tor onion
  addresses it could find.

  The NHTCU agents systematically visited each of the sites and made a
  list of those dedicated to child pornography. Then, armed with a search
  warrant from the Court of Rotterdam, the agents set out to determine
  where the sites were located.

  That, in theory, is a daunting taskâTor hidden services mask their
  locations behind layers of routing. But when the agents got to a site
  called âPedoboard,â they discovered that the owner had foolishly left
  the administrative account open with no password. They logged in and
  began poking around, eventually finding the serverâs real Internet IP
  address in Bellevue, Nebraska."

The operation is in known in the Netherlands by the name of Descartes.
The name "Torpedo" was their internal nickname for the operation. The
case was a followup to the Robert M.-case, one of the largest child
abuse-cases in the Netherlands.

Rejo Zenger
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