The anonymous revenge-porn sharing site Anon-IB, notorious for revenge and child pornography, has been shut down indefinitely by the Dutch National Police after a more than yearlong investigation into troves of nude photos. Dutch National Police arrested three men on cybercrime charges ranging from hacking to sharing stolen explicit images. Police confiscated data from two other suspects. The website, which previously served as a hub for explicit images, now takes the user to a page with an announcement from the Dutch cybercrimes division.
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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. Besides shutting down the site, Dutch police also announced the arrest of three suspects — a year-old from the city of Heerlen, a year-old from Culemborg, and a year-old from Groningen. They are also currently investigating two other suspects, a year-old from Terneuzen, and a year-old from Geleen. These five are regular users who uploaded pictures on the site, not Anon-IB administrators.
On August 31, , a collection of almost private pictures of various celebrities, mostly women, and with many containing nudity , were posted on the imageboard 4chan , and later disseminated by other users on websites and social networks such as Imgur and Reddit. The images were initially believed to have been obtained via a breach of Apple 's cloud services suite iCloud ,    or a security issue in the iCloud API which allowed them to make unlimited attempts at guessing victims' passwords. The event, which media outlets and Internet users referred to under names such as " The Fappening " a portmanteau of the words "fap"—a slang term for masturbation —and "the happening" and " Celebgate ", was met with a varied reaction from the media and fellow celebrities. Critics felt that the distribution of the images was a major invasion of privacy for their subjects, while some of the allegedly depicted subjects questioned their authenticity.
After seizing the website's servers, police discover hundreds of women fell victim to hackers who stole their photos. A warning on Anon-IB's website, announcing that Politie, the Dutch police, has seized the revenge porn page. One of the internet's most notorious revenge porn websites has been shut down after a year-long investigation by Dutch police Politie. The investigation is ongoing, even after officers shut down the forum.