A child pornography bust in Italy, carried out by both the Postal and Communication Police as well as the CNCPO (National Center for Combating Child Pornography on-line), lead to 21 search warrants being issued, five of which resulted in subsequent arrests. The arrests took place in Lombardy, Tuscany, Trentino Alto Adige and Lazio, an Italian news agency claims. The remaining individuals were not proven to be in possession of any illegal material at the time of the searches, even though it had been proven they were involved in sharing and downloading. They had likely deleted the material before the raid, police believe.
In 2015, Europol and Beligian Police were able to use a hash file to track communications between the pornography ring and then the information was submitted to Italian authorities where the sting was carried out.
Italian Postal and Communication Police and the National Center for Combating Child Pornography Online conducted the sting where the massive amount of illegal material was found. The five who were arrested were found with information stored locally, either on their PC or, like one grandfather who was arrested, on at least 47 flash drives scattered around his home. One of the arrests happened