Being one of the FBI’s biggest and most notorious cyber actions, Operation Pacifier resulted in the Bureau taking over the PlayPen child porn site in 2015 and hacking thousands of computers throughout the world, most of them located in the US. Now, the Austrian government has learned that around 50 computers were hacked by the federal agency in Austria.
Austrian MPs earlier this year sent a letter to the parliament, asking for more information on child pornography and sex tourism cases. They got an answer in response from politician Johanna Mikl-Leitner, stating that Austrian authorities cooperated in Operation Pacifier, being the first time the FBI ever hacked any computers in the country.
Her letter says 50 Austrian IP addresses were “evaluated by a federal intelligence unit and used to pursue suspects of possession and distribution of child pornography”. The provided IP addresses helped investigators find “countless child pornography files,” in March 2016. According to the letter “extensive investigations are still underway.”
“The IP addresses were found through Operation Pacifier and lead [sic] to further investigations by Austrian police,” Thomas Soxberger from the Austrian parliament press office wrote in an email.
According to the document, Austrian law enforcement was working together