12 October 2008

IE / AU - Network of child sexual abuse websites brought down

(Press Release)
The Irish Internet Hotline has collaborated with the Australian Communications and Media Authority to disable a network of websites that provided access to child sexual abuse material. The action was initiated by an anonymous report from a member of the Irish public to the Hotline.ie website. Hotline.ie analysts confirmed the images were illegal under Irish law and found that the site was part of a network of related sites. All contained illegal images of children being sexually abused. The Irish Internet Hotline ascertained the sites were registered in Australia and referred the details to ACMA, which in consultation with the Australian Federal Police, made contact with the Australian domain name registrar Melbourne IT. Melbourne IT determined that the sites breached its terms and conditions of domain name registration and quickly took action to prevent the domain names in question from directing to the offending sites.