Eric Eoin Marques, 28—the “largest facilitator of child porn on the planet,” according to the FBI—was recently arrested and is currently in an Irish jail awaiting the conclusion of his extradition trial. The FBI aims to bring Marques to trial in the United States. If convicted, Marques faces up to 30 years in prison.
According to the information that's being released, it appears that Marques was the operator behind the notorious "Dark Net" hosting service known as "Freedom Hosting." The Dark Net AKA TOR's Hidden Services is a supposedly anonymous network in which servers are also hidden behind TOR proxies, while the user is hidden behind a TOR proxy - the idea being that anonymity of the both the server and user are protected.
For five years, both law enforcement and hacktivist vigilantes seemed incapable of shutting down the largest child pornography services on the Internet—virtually all of which were Freedom Hosting customers—thanks to the technology provided by Tor. Today, all of the major websites hosted by Freedom Hosting are down or are suspected of having been infected with malicious code. No one is sure how Marques was tracked down.
Famous child pornography websites such as Lolita City, the Love Zone, and PedoEmpire were customers of Freedom Hosting.
Complaints echoing from the pedophile camp (including talk of extreme measures such as suicide), all seem to confirm the accuracy of the reports that their Dark Net child pornography trading platform has been compromised.
The looming question will be: how many pedophiles who frequented these boards can expect a knock at their door within the next few months.
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