German Federal Criminal Police (Bundeskriminalamt) have taken down Boystown, one of the world’s biggest online darknet networks for sharing images of child sex abuse and arrested four suspects who were running the site.
Boystown is only available through the darknet where it has been operating since at least June 2019 and had a membership of over 400,000.
The German police launched the operation against Boystown in cooperation with Europol and law enforcement agencies from the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, Canada, and the United States.
According to the police, three of the suspects were arrested on suspicion of working as administrators for the platform in Germany while one was in Paraguay.
The arrests were carried out in North Rhine-Westphalia, Munich, and Hamburg.
There was also a suspect taken in for questioning who was reported to be a registered member and Boystown’s most active user.
The Europol said that image and video data seized during the arrests will be used for Victim Identification Taskforces.
German police announced that Boystown has been shut down along with other linked chat rooms.