South Korean man arrested for dark web child porn website!

Minji Cho, Oct. 17, 2019, 2:39 p.m.


On October 16, the U.S. Department of Justice released an immediate documentation about the South Korean national, Jong Woo Son (23), who ran the world's largest child pornography site, 'Welcome to Video'. The child porn site contained over 250,000 thousand videos of child sexual abuse, with thousands of paid membership users from all over the world including the U.S, South Korea, United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Australia, and Ireland. The Department of Justice said, "Son has been charged and convicted in South Korea and is currently in custody serving his sentence", while also noting that an additional 337 site users living in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington State and Washington D.C. as well as in other countries have been arrested and charged.

Additionally, “through the sophisticated tracing of bitcoin transactions, IRS-CI special agents were able to determine the location of the Darknet server, identify the administrator of the website and ultimately track down the website server’s physical location in South Korea,” said Chief Don Fort. The site users were able to view videos and upload their own, all while paying with the "hard-to-trace" bitcoins. Users earned "points" if they'd upload their own content.

The massive crackdown investigation also lead to two former federal law enforcement officials from Texas involved in the child porn site. It also helped rescue at least 23 victims living in the United States, Spain, and UK, who were abused. The information seized has been shared around with other law enforcement around the world to help identify and charge users of the site. 

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