Authorities Shut Down Major Dark Web Child Porn Platform

The site had around 87,000 members.

Law enforcement authorities in Germany have shut down a major Dark Web child pornography website known as “Elysium.”

The website which had around 87,000 members was a popular platform for people to exchange explicit images of children displaying physical and sexual abuse including toddlers.

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Screenshot from the website when it was online

According to German federal police, Elysium was not a regular child abuse platform since its users also arranged meetings to abuse children physically.

Elysium was run by a 39-year-old man from Hesse region of Germany while most of its visitors were from Austria and Germany. He was arrested on 12th June when his apartment was raided, and the police seized a server.

The police haven’t disclosed his identity. However, the site was shut down on June 13, 2017, while several other suspects were also arrested.

A further digging into the site by HackRead researchers discovered that Elysium was formed in November 2016 and opened in December 2016. The site was owned and operated by Noctua, Ovidius, and Scorpion. A fourth administrator account, “Elysium”, was used by the other 3 administrators to post important announcements.

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Screenshot from the homepage of now busted website

As of now limited information has been revealed by the authorities, however, on Friday both German and Austrian authorities are expected to hold a press conference about the bust.

This is the second major bust of 2017 by authorities fighting against explicit platforms. Just two months ago, The FBI arrested a man in Florida for running “Playpen,” one of the biggest child porn sites on Dark Web. The site has been shut down and the operator is now in jail for next 30 years.

Written by Waqas

Waqas Amir is a Milan-based cybersecurity journalist with a passion for covering latest happenings in cyber security and tech world. In addition to being the founder of this website, Waqas is also into gaming, reading and investigative journalism.