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Korean pedo busted
« on: October 20, 2019, 11:25:55 am »
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/19/asia/south-korea-child-exploitation-international-police-intl-hnk/index.html

There is no punishment too severe for pedos. Several years ago there was an article that said Korean men were the #1 underage sex tourists. There is no pain severe enough for these depraved animals.

How Bitcoin transactions were used to track down the 23-year-old South Korean operating a global child exploitation site from his bedroom


(CNN)For almost three years, "Welcome To Video" was a covert den for people who traded in clips of children being sexually assaulted.

There, on the darknet's largest-known site of child exploitation videos, hundreds of users from around the world accessed material that showed the sexual abuse of children as young as six months old.
Then it all began to unravel.

On Wednesday, the United States' Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed how it had followed a trail of bitcoin transactions to find the suspected administrator of the site: A 23-year-old South Korean man named Jong Woo Son.

But the case is much bigger than just one man. Over the almost three years that the site was online, users downloaded files more than one million times, according to a newly unsealed DOJ indictment. At least 23 children in the US, Spain and the United Kingdom who were being abused by the users of the site have been rescued, the DOJ said in a press release.

"Children around the world are safer because of the actions taken by US and foreign law enforcement to prosecute this case and recover funds for victims," said Jessie K. Liu, an attorney for District of Columbia where the US case was filed. "We will continue to pursue such criminals on and off the darknet in the United States and abroad, to ensure they receive the punishment their terrible crimes deserve."

In total, 337 people from at least 18 countries who used Welcome To Video have been arrested and charged, the DOJ said. And in a statement Thursday, South Korea's National Police Agency (NPA) said 223 of them were South Korean.

Many Welcome To Video users likely thought they were untraceable.

The site was on the darknet, the underbelly of the deep web which cannot be accessed by a regular browser. According to authorities, some customers paid for the explicit images of child sexual abuse in bitcoin, a digital currency that can be spent without users disclosing their true identity.
But the downfall of Welcome To Video shows that bitcoin isn't as private as some cyber criminals might have thought.

What was Welcome To Video

According to the indictment released Wednesday by the DOJ, Welcome to Video began operating around June 2015.

The site worked like this: anyone could create a free account. Authorities say users could download the videos if they paid in bitcoin, or if they earned points by referring new customers, or uploading their own videos. According to the indictment, the upload page on Welcome To Video stated: "Do not upload adult porn."

At the time, bitcoin still wasn't a widely used payment method. The non-profit Internet Watch Foundation, which works to remove images and videos of child sexual abuse from the web, found that some of the most prolific commercial child sexual abuse sites first started accepting bitcoin as payment in 2014. According to the DOJ, Welcome To Video was "among the first of its kind to monetize child exploitation videos using bitcoin."

Bitcoin can be attractive for people hoping to slip under the radar. Bitcoin is decentralized, meaning there is no company or official bank which oversees transactions. Users store their bitcoin in a virtual account -- known as a digital wallet -- without having to prove their real identity, as they might for a regular brick-and-mortar bank.

From about June 2015 to March 2018, Welcome To Video received at least 420 bitcoin through 7,300 transactions with users in numerous countries including the US, the UK and South Korea, the indictment released Wednesday shows. Those transactions were worth over $370,000 at the time.

Some of those transactions would ultimately help bring about the site's collapse.

How authorities brought down Welcome To Video

To get on the site at all, users had to have special software.

Because Welcome To Video was hosted on the darknet, it couldn't be accessed by browsers like Google Chrome or Safari. Users needed to download software -- such as Tor -- that concealed their Internet Protocol address (IP address), a unique number assigned to every device connected to the internet.
But in September 2017, authorities did something simple, according to the indictment: they right-clicked on Welcome To Video's homepage and selected "view page source."

When they did that, they discovered an unconcealed IP address. That IP address and another found in the same way October 2017 were both traced to a residential address in South Korea -- Son's alleged home.

At the same time, US investigators were carrying out an undercover operation. Once in September 2017 and twice in February 2018, an undercover agent sent bitcoin to an account provided by Welcome To Video.

Each time, the funds were later transferred into another bitcoin account -- in Son's name, and registered using Son's phone number and email, US authorities alleged in the indictment.

In March 2018, authorities searched Son's house and found the server for Welcome To Video was hosted in Son's bedroom. Authorities also seized eight terabytes containing 250,000 sexual assault videos. In total, 45% of the videos analyzed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children contained images not "previously known to exist."

From there, authorities were able to track down other suspects. "(This case) involved a lot of cooperation between a lots of different people," said Urszula McCormack, a partner at the King and Wood Mallesons law firm in Hong Kong who specializes in blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin. "Often it's those weak links that expose the whole."

Data from the server was shared with law enforcement officials around the world, who used it to track down and prosecute customers of the site in 18 countries, according to a DOJ statement.

In March 2018, Son was arrested in South Korea, and found guilty of producing and distributing child pornography, a charge that carries a possible 10 year jail term under South Korean law. In May this year, he was sentenced to 18 months in jail, South Korea's NPA said.

But Son could still face more prison time.

In August of last year, Son was indicted on a number of child pornography charges in the US, including advertising child pornography which carries a possible 30 year sentence.

In order for him to face those charges, Son would need to be extradited to the US -- which has an extradition treaty with South Korea. He could be arrested if he travels there of his own accord. One of the reasons the US is interested in prosecuting Son is that the content was accessed in the country.
CNN has reached out to the DOJ to ask if they will request an extradition. South Korean police told CNN they haven't received an extradition request from the US -- and while he's in prison, Son cannot be affected by the US indictment.

The flaws in bitcoin

While bitcoin has a reputation among the general public for secrecy, the reality is a bit different.
Each time bitcoin is transferred, details of the trade are recorded on a publicly available, permanent ledger, said Yihao Lim, a senior analyst from cyber security firm FireEye. It's therefore possible to see what an individual is doing, even you can't see their real world identity.

There are other holes in bitcoin's ability to maintain anonymity. In the US, virtual currency exchanges -- the platforms where people can buy and sell bitcoin for real money -- are required by law to verify their customers' real world identities. Developed countries are increasingly adopting those measures.
This all means that bitcoin isn't really anonymous -- it's pseudonymous. For law enforcement agents, the difficulty isn't seeing the transactions -- it's linking the bitcoin account with the real world person behind them, said Lim.

There are ways for bitcoin users to stay under the radar. But in general, authorities are catching up.
Over the past year, tools that can analyze bitcoin transactions have developed to a high level, said McCormack, from the Hong Kong law firm. "People (in the past) weren't aware that this was a possibility. I think many people these days are not aware of the sophistication of those tools and how much they're able to glean from patterns," she said.

Lim said it was a public misunderstanding that using bitcoin was secure. "Yes, they have been successful at being anonymous at the start, but law enforcement has already caught up."

What happens now

Despite bitcoin's security gaps, some inexperienced cybercriminals will probably keep using it, said Lim. After all, this isn't the first high-profile case where bitcoin has helped bring down a suspect. During the 2015 trial of the creator of the Silk Road site -- a digital marketplace that allowed users to illegally trade drugs -- prosecutors showed that they had traced millions of dollars in bitcoin to the founder's personal laptop.

"Many cybercriminals are still misinformed," Lim said of the criminal underworld. "They're just out there to make a quick buck -- they didn't do their homework enough."

As for seasoned cybercriminals, many had already switched to other cryptocurrencies, Lim said.
But people who have used bitcoin in the past could be tracked down at any point. Because the public ledger which records bitcoin transactions is immutable, there's no way to remove evidence of past dealings. When it comes to the Welcome To Video case, Lim expects more people connected with the site to be caught.

In a second court document released Wednesday, US authorities argued that 24 bitcoin accounts should be forfeited to authorities, alleging that they were used "to fund the website and promote the exploitation of children." Some of the accounts were also used to make transactions on other darknet sites, including Silk Road and Evolution where users can buy drugs and stolen information.
In the press release Wednesday, the DOJ said it planned to recover the illicit funds and return them to the victims of the crime.

"Children are our most vulnerable population, and crimes such as these unthinkable," said Homeland Security Investigations' acting executive associate director Alysa Erichs in a statement. "(The) indictment sends a strong message to criminals that, no matter how sophisticated the technology or how widespread the network, child exploitation will not be tolerated in the United States.

"Our entire justice system will stop at nothing to prevent these heinous crimes, safeguard our children, and bring justice to all."


  • NorthStar
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Re: Korean pedo busted
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2019, 12:25:39 pm »
....so, will S.K. hand over the guy?


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Re: Korean pedo busted
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2019, 03:20:32 pm »
....so, will S.K. hand over the guy?

If they don't they are condoning pedophilia. I will not be at all surprised if the K guy does his 18 months (a laughable joke of a sentence) and then steps right back into the ring as a pedo.


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Re: Korean pedo busted
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2019, 08:35:37 am »
I'm really surprised, that it carries a possible 10 year sentence here, and he is only doing 18 months, like what?
I hope he gets extradited to the US, and they make him do the full 30 years + 8.5 years he didn't get here.


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Re: Korean pedo busted
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2019, 08:38:12 am »
I'm really surprised, that it carries a possible 10 year sentence here, and he is only doing 18 months, like what?
I hope he gets extradited to the US, and they make him do the full 30 years + 8.5 years he didn't get here.

I have not seen anything about it in the Korea Herald/Times....


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Re: Korean pedo busted
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2019, 08:45:07 am »
I'm really surprised, that it carries a possible 10 year sentence here, and he is only doing 18 months, like what?
I hope he gets extradited to the US, and they make him do the full 30 years + 8.5 years he didn't get here.

I have not seen anything about it in the Korea Herald/Times....

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/10/251_277254.html


Wasn't just one Korean guy, although he did create the site. 


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Re: Korean pedo busted
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2019, 09:12:49 am »
"These are the bottom feeders of the criminal world," said Don Fort, chief of criminal investigation at the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, which initiated the investigation.

The Justice Department said the site collected at least $370,000 worth of bitcoin


http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/10/251_277254.html

"There's a lot of a people who have this perception that bitcoin is totally anonymous," Parsons said, "and it's been the downfall of many people in many investigations."


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Re: Korean pedo busted
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2019, 11:40:03 am »
every bitcoin transacction is stored on the blockchain, forever. no transacion can be faked or erased. the big dumb dumbs


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Re: Korean pedo busted
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2019, 04:14:10 pm »
Seems they could have stopped this really early, like back in 2015 if it all it took was viewing the source of the page and then tracing some bitcoin activity.


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Re: Korean pedo busted
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2019, 06:06:25 pm »
Looks like the judge threw the book at him a year and a half in prison. Smh


Re: Korean pedo busted
« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2019, 02:15:28 pm »
Looks like the judge threw the book at him a year and a half in prison. Smh
While it certainly looks bad, and given Korea's track record, probably is, there is the possibility that either A) He flipped on other people and/or B) He was basically extorted by the Korean mob and was basically doing the programming while they produced the material and took the money. I'm not too sure how likely those are, but that would at least be a somewhat "reasonable" explanation for that, were that the case.

On the other hand it's just as likely, if not more that he was some disgusting scumbag basement pedo who was knee-deep in this and the spineless, corrupt Korean judge let him off because "strong sentences make people feel bad and make me uncomfortable"


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Re: Korean pedo busted
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2019, 02:40:02 pm »
Looks like the judge threw the book at him a year and a half in prison. Smh
While it certainly looks bad, and given Korea's track record, probably is, there is the possibility that either A) He flipped on other people and/or B) He was basically extorted by the Korean mob and was basically doing the programming while they produced the material and took the money. I'm not too sure how likely those are, but that would at least be a somewhat "reasonable" explanation for that, were that the case.

On the other hand it's just as likely, if not more that he was some disgusting scumbag basement pedo who was knee-deep in this and the spineless, corrupt Korean judge let him off because "strong sentences make people feel bad and make me uncomfortable"

In Canada, the judges let these folks off with a slap on the wrist.  They're probably closet pedos themselves and protect their own.  I don't know what the deal is in Korea.  I'm only speaking of Canada. 


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Re: Korean pedo busted
« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2019, 01:01:19 pm »
A slap on the wrist from Canada. This is true.  This is my ex-best friend's brother. This was his 4th arrest for pedophilia. He and everyone like him deserve a very long, very slow, otherworldly painful death.

Pedophile Shawn King sentenced to another prison term for offences involving minors

A Montreal resident has been sentenced to a four-year prison term for possessing child pornography and for luring teenage boys over the Internet. Shawn King, 61, is also required to follow a series of conditions, for a period of 10 years following his prison term, because he was also declared a long-term offender based in part on his previous criminal record. Quebec Court

PAUL CHERRY, MONTREAL GAZETTE
Updated: January 19, 2016

 
Shawn King, 61, was sentenced earlier this month at the Montreal courthouse to a four-year prison term for possessing child pornography and for luring teenage boys over the Internet. HANDOUT / MONTREAL POLICE

A Montreal resident has been sentenced to a four-year prison term for possessing child pornography and for luring teenage boys over the Internet.

Shawn King, 61, is also required to follow a series of conditions, for a period of 10 years following his prison term, because he was also declared a long-term offender based in part on his previous criminal record. Quebec Court Judge Lori Renée Weitzman delivered the sentence this month at the Montreal courthouse after receiving a joint recommendation from the lawyers on both sides of the case.
“I would just like to express my regrets for the harm I caused to my victims. I never intended to cause harm and I did so. I apologize to them, to their families and to my family as well because they’ve all been hurt by my actions,” King told the court before he was sentenced.

King (who also has a criminal record under the name Shaun King) was initially arrested by investigators with the Montreal police Child Sexual Exploitation Unit in 2010 for chatting online with a boy who was under the age of 14. The case against King grew over time and he ultimately pleaded guilty to luring two minors over the Internet, possession of child pornography and to committing acts of gross indecency on two teenage boys during a period in the 1980s.

The offences that date back to the 1980s were committed during a period when King, an anglophone, sexually assaulted eight boys between the ages of 11 and 14 while he was involved in minor league sports programs in Shannon, a small town north of Quebec City, between 1969 and 1997. That case shocked the tiny community and in 1998 King was sentenced to an overall prison term of seven years. While serving that sentence, King admitted to the Parole Board of Canada there were other victims of his crimes.
Two more victims came forward after news of King’s arrest for child luring in 2010 became public.

While explaining the joint sentencing recommendation to Weitzman, prosecutor Roxanne Laporte recommended King serve a two-year sentence for the offences committed more than three decades ago and that it be served concurrent to the four-year prison term for child luring and possessing child pornography.

“At the time, (in Shannon), the accused was convicted for numerous similar infractions. He did his sentence so we will ask for a concurrent sentence. If at the time the (same) victims had (come forward) it would not have changed the (1998) sentence,” Laporte told Weitzman.

Last year, King was evaluated by a psychologist to determine whether he should be declared either a dangerous offender, a designation that could have come with an indeterminate prison term, or a long-term offender. The psychologist determined that as a long-term offender King could be treated for his attraction to teenage boys but it would have to be done in a controlled environment like a federal penitentiary.

“We have an expert assessment that is not necessarily bad (and) not necessarily good. Mr. King continues to minimize the impact on the victims,” Laporte said, while adding the common suggestion was in line with previous sentences in similar cases.
While listing mitigating factors that were considered, Laporte noted that the victims never had to testify in the child luring cases because King pleaded guilty.

“We also don’t have (actual) sexual contact. He didn’t give any appointments to the minors at the time. It was (online) chat and it only remained chat,” Laporte said.


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Re: Korean pedo busted
« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2019, 01:29:26 pm »
why do pedos always look like pedos? it's like pedos have a certain pedo look


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Re: Korean pedo busted
« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2019, 03:09:16 pm »
why do pedos always look like pedos? it's like pedos have a certain pedo look

That's true eh! Or it certainly seems to be.