Feeds

German child porn ring busted

22m credit cards checked

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

German police have arrested over 300 people in ten different states after detectives analysed credit card transactions from 22m customers.

The 322 suspects paid $79.99 for 20-day access to a child porn website in the Philippines, according to Saxony-Anhalt state Interior Minister Holger Hoevelmann.

German data privacy laws do not allow the police to run a broad database search, so in this case they narrowed it down to one specific receiver account.

The police didn't even have access to the data itself, the credit companies carried out all of the matching. During several raids, photographs, videotapes and computers were confiscated as evidence.

The operation dubbed Mikado is the biggest of its kind with 14 credit card companies participating voluntarily. A similar operation in the UK, Operation Ore, included the details of 7,000 individuals.

Scrutinising all transactions of all credit cards on a nationwide scale may be a completely novel approach, but it is also highly questionable, the head of the German lawyers association DAV told the Reutlinger General-Anzeiger newspaper.

®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.