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Europol Public Information 
 
16/12/2011 
 
 
 
PRESS RELEASE 
 
Large European operation against persons 
behind child sexual abuse images in the internet 
 
2xx suspects identified and xxx arrested 
 
The Hague, the Netherlands 
 
With the involvement of law enforcement agencies from xx European countries a major 
crackdown against child sexual abuse in the internet has been carried out with the 
support and coordination by Europol.  
 
So far ‘Operation Icarus’ has allowed the identification of XXX suspects and the arrest 
of XXX suspects spread over the XX participating countries*. The operation was 
targeted towards those with a preference for videos with the most severe child sexual 
abuse material. The videos contained material including babies and toddlers being 
sexually abused and raped by child molesters. A lot of the material seized during the 
house searches will still need to undergo forensic examination in order to assess how 
deeply involved the suspects are in the abuse of children. However, at this moment the 
discovery of previously unknown networks of child sex offenders operating on different 
internet channels have been identified.  
 
‘It is with great pleasure that I see the number  of  arrests,  but  it  is  also  with  deep 
concern that I note how widespread this kind of crime is. Europol will continue to help 
our cooperation partners dismantle child sexual abuse networks and bring the 
criminals who directly or indirectly sexually abuse children to court,” says Rob 
Wainwright, Director of Europol. 
 
Investigations are ongoing and more arrests are expected. Special focus will be on 
identifying producers, molesters and victims. Among the arrested suspects for 
downloading illegal material there has already been identified a person who was 
grooming a young child, but who now has been arrested before he managed to set up 
a meeting face to face with the child.  
 
Operation ICARUS is the first operation concluded under the auspices of the new action 
plan of the COSPOL Internet Related Child Abuse Material Project (CIRCAMP)** 
currently led by Belgium and funded by the EU Commission. 
 
“The victims who are pictured in child sexual abuse images are victims of two crimes. 
First when the actual abuse is filmed. And, thereafter, every time the images are 
posted, circulated or viewed. The Commission will continue to support the fight against 
this crime against our most vulnerable citizens, children, by using the instruments at 
our disposal such as policy coordination, funding and legislation”, says Cecilia 
Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs. 
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Operation ICARUS was initiated during a CIRCAMP meeting in the beginning of 2011. It 
was agreed that the National High Tech Crime Unit of the Danish Police (DK NITEC) 
should be the lead country and carry out the investigations because of its expertise 
within the area of exchange of illegal material through file sharing systems, known as 
peer-to-peer. After the collection of the intelligence performed by the Danish National 
Police, an operational meeting was organised at Europol in September 2011 in order to 
disseminate the intelligence packages to the involved EU Member States and countries 
with a Europol operational agreement.  
 
The packages and additional information were disseminated by Europol through its 
secure system in order to guarantee the integrity of data and to ensure a fast reaction 
in the concerned countries. Europol’s cooperation network will also facilitate the further 
investigations by involving partners like Eurojust and Interpol when needed. 
 
“Law enforcement agencies have to work together to combat the growing threat of 
cybercrimes against children, and we have to use the most advanced technology 
available. The complexity is huge and challenging i.e. one of the Danish suspects had 
29 terabytes of data which we confiscated. This is an incredible amount of data for our 
investigators to handle. To put it in perspective this amount of data can hold about 
9000 hours of high quality video,” says Jens Henrik Hoejbjerg, Danish National 
Commissioner of Police. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
* The participating countries are:  
 
** The members of CIRCAMP are: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, 
Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Europol and Interpol.   
 
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Phone: +31(0)70 302 50 00 
KK The Hague 
2509 LW The Hague 
Media: +31(0)70 302 50 01  
The Netherlands 
The Netherlands 
Fax:      +31(0)70 345 58 96