British paedophile used dark web to hide his exploits

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 02 Jun 2016

PETALING JAYA: British paedophile Richard Huckle was active in the dark web on paedophile site Love Zone, which is hidden behind protected passwords, encryption and specialist software.  

It was reported that Huckle, 30, had admitted to committing a string of sex attacks on children as young as six months, some from poor families in Malaysia.  

He took pictures and video footage of himself abusing the children which he uploaded to the dark web - a hard-to-access part of the Internet often used for illegal activity.   

The dark web is publicly visible but has hidden servers that run them. It can be accessed by any web user but finding out who works behind it is difficult. 

Search engines such as Google or Yahoo are unable to find these sites as their identities are hidden using the Tor encryption tool.

Tor allows users to access the Internet anonymously, hiding their identity and location.

The dark web hosts dubious websites such as Silkroad, that was shut down in 2013 for facilitating the sale of illegal drugs.

However, not all is bad on the dark web. People living in countries where free speech is restricted use the dark web to access banned websites.

AFP reported that investigators found over 20,000 indecent images on Huckle’s computer. He also kept a ledger of his attacks and wrote a manual called “Paedophiles And Poverty: Child Lover Guide”.

Graphic details of dozens of sexual offences by Huckle emerged for the first time Wednesday as his sentencing hearing started in London.

Huckle faced a total of 91 charges including against 23 children in Kuala Lumpur, where he set himself up as an English teacher. He admitted to 71 of the charges.

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