A group of researchers at University of Limerick have teamed up with the Federal Police of Brazil to tackle the distribution of child pornography on the dark web.
Brazilian ministry of justice, Sergio Moro, has hailed the innovative collaboration between the researchers at UL and Brazilian law enforcement, which has sought to make police operations more efficient.
The research, recently published in the Nature’s Scientific Reports journal, details the results of applying network analysis to assess the effectiveness of Operation Darknet – a Brazilian Federal Police crackdown on one of largest paedophile online forums hidden by the Tor browser.
The police operation, carried out between 2014 and 2016, led to the arrest and identification of 182 users – 170 of which were distributors – and the rescue of six children. Of over 10,000 users, 766 were sharing content.