Anon-IB seized site

Dutch police announced today that they had seized the servers of Anon-IB, a notorious online portal where users would share pictures of revenge porn and child pornography.

The website became famous after it hosted pictures from the Celebgate (Fappening) scandal, nude photos of US female marines, photos of underage girls from US high-schools, and was the go-to place were angry boyfriends or girlfriends would go to upload nude photos of their ex-partners —a practice known as revenge porn.

Anon-IB is also famous for its "collectors" —users who keep private nude photo collections, which they trade with each other like baseball or Pokemon cards.

Anon-IB servers were located in the Netherlands

Besides shutting down the site, Dutch police also announced the arrest of three suspects — a 28-year-old from the city of Heerlen, a 31-year-old from Culemborg, and a 35-year-old from Groningen. They are also currently investigating two other suspects, a 19-year-old from Terneuzen, and a 26-year-old from Geleen.

These five are regular users who uploaded pictures on the site, not Anon-IB administrators. Police arrested the three after seizing Anon-IB servers located in the Netherlands. They tracked down the five because the suspects failed to hide their IP addresses.

Police told Dutch TV station RTL Nieuws that some of the suspects they are investigating would meet women on the street, get their names, and then try to guess their passwords by for their online accounts, hoping to discover nude images or videos. The suspects said they combined names, birthdays, and other common strings when trying to guess a victim's account password.

Besides storing nude photos, the forum also hosted tutorials on hacking online accounts. Entire threads would teach readers how to obtain publicly leaked data, extract the passwords from public breaches, and use the passwords to hack into people's online accounts to search for nude photos.

RTL Nieuws journalists also found topics where Anon-IB users would talk about extorting hacked victims, either for cryptocurrency or for more nude photos to add to their collections.

Dutch police to notify all affected victims

Dutch police say they already notified some of the women who had their data leaked on the site and plan to contact further victims if they manage to identify more persons in the coming months.

Police said that many of the women's whose data was uploaded on the site were unaware they'd been hacked.

Anon-IB has been around since at least 2014, is said to have had more than 2,000 registered users, and hosted links to more than 30,000 images and videos.

All Anon-IB domains are currently down. One of the most well-known domains received huge amounts of traffic, enough to rank in the Alexa Top 10,000 most popular sites on the Internet (ranked #6,309 today).

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