7 episodes

How do you take down a criminal network that’s hidden in the shadows? How do you rescue child abuse victims who could be anywhere in the world? Hunting Warhead follows the journalists and police on a global mission to expose the darkest corners of the internet. What they discover shocks them. Host Daemon Fairless tracks down the investigators, survivors and criminals themselves. A co-production of CBC Podcasts and the Norwegian newspaper VG.

Hunting Warhead CBC True Crime

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    • 4.9 • 3.1K Ratings

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How do you take down a criminal network that’s hidden in the shadows? How do you rescue child abuse victims who could be anywhere in the world? Hunting Warhead follows the journalists and police on a global mission to expose the darkest corners of the internet. What they discover shocks them. Host Daemon Fairless tracks down the investigators, survivors and criminals themselves. A co-production of CBC Podcasts and the Norwegian newspaper VG.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Episode 6: Fallout

    Episode 6: Fallout

    At Faulkner’s final sentencing hearing, we finally discover the true extent of his activities on the dark web. We thought we knew everything he had been up to. We were wrong.

    • 54 min
    Episode 5: Becoming Warhead

    Episode 5: Becoming Warhead

    What led Benjamin Faulkner to become Warhead? And, more importantly, how do you prevent others like him from following the same path?

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 4: Impact Statement

    Episode 4: Impact Statement

    Jenn was home alone with her children when she received a call from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. They needed to talk to her as soon as possible. It was about her relative, Ben Faulkner.

    • 48 min
    Episode 3: Operation Artemis

    Episode 3: Operation Artemis

    After the arrest of Canadian Benjamin Faulkner, Taskforce Argos has to learn how to become Warhead on Child’s Play, before its users realize that the site has been compromised. But time is running out — and very difficult moral decisions will have to be made.

    • 44 min
    Episode 2: Rude Awakening

    Episode 2: Rude Awakening

    All Gordon wants for his birthday is to travel to Washington, D.C., to visit museums and see the opera. He’s completely unaware that his companion on this trip has very different plans. His friend has an alter ego, Warhead, and it turns out police are not far behind.

    • 44 min
    Episode 1: Hacker vs. Hacker

    Episode 1: Hacker vs. Hacker

    Einar Stangvik is a white-hat hacker — an internet security expert with an expertise in cracking the most secure and disturbing parts of the web. He discovers a troubling phenomenon online and joins forces with journalist Håkon Høydal. It leads them to Australia, to confront two men who are running the largest child abuse site on the dark net.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
3.1K Ratings

3.1K Ratings

A loyal fan from the 305 ,

Incredible but intense

This is one of the best made podcasts I’ve heard. So well narrated and researched. The graphic material made me physically nauseous at times but I pushed through. Wow. Just wow.

Ncllnn ,

I love you

This is not for the quality of the this podcast or content, which is outstanding, this is because these humans are doing something so amazing it makes me heart weep. You group of people are the most beautiful people on this planet. Thank you for what you are doing. Your podcast has brought light to the horrors that exist in the dark corners of earth that we seem to close our eyes to. Thank you with all my heart

GothamGargoyle ,

Exceptional work in a very dark field

Daemon Fairless tackled this horrible topic with the utmost tact and professionalism, taking great care to focus on the victims rather than the offenders whenever possible. He don’t allow the monsters to seal the focus of the discussion and sought advice from the best experts. He illustrated the vast distinction between a remorseless, self serving psychopathic child rapist like Benjamin Faulkner and pedophiles who never offend but do WHATEVER IT TAKES to keep their monster in a cage. Whatever it takes. Including suicide. The fact is, civilized society does not have a “punishment” that fits these horrific crimes against children. Particularly given the SCALE of these abuses and the heartbreaking age of the children. The investigators have my deepest respect and admiration. I could not possibly do it without becoming Dexter Morgan.

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