8 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.

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Hunting Warhead CBC True Crime

    • True Crime
    • 4.9 • 3.3K 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.

For the best in true crime from CBC, ad-free, visit apple.co/cbctruecrime.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Hunting Warhead Introduces: The Pornhub Empire: Understood

    Hunting Warhead Introduces: The Pornhub Empire: Understood

    With about 100 million visits per day, Pornhub is one of the biggest websites on the planet. This four-part series pulls back the curtain on the scrappy, Montreal-based startup that revolutionized sex on the internet — and the massive scandal that exposed its dark side. The Pornhub Empire, season 2 of Understood, releases March 11. Hosted by journalist Samantha Cole (How Sex Changed the Internet and the Internet Changed Sex). About Understood: Know more, now. From the fall of Sam Bankman-Fried, to the rise of Pornhub, Understood is an anthology podcast that takes you out of the daily news cycle and inside the events, people, and cultural moments you want to know more about. Over a handful of episodes, each season unfolds as a story, hosted by a well-connected reporter, and rooted in journalism you can trust. Driven by insight and fueled by curiosity…The stories of our time: Understood. More episodes are available at: https://link.chtbl.com/ZdC_XwwL

    • 27 min
    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.

    For transcripts of this series, please visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/hunting-warehead-transcripts-listen-1.5346693

    • 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?

    For transcripts of this series, please visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/hunting-warehead-transcripts-listen-1.5346693

    • 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.

    For transcripts of this series, please visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/hunting-warehead-transcripts-listen-1.5346693

    • 47 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.

    For transcripts of this series, please visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/hunting-warehead-transcripts-listen-1.5346693

    • 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.

    For transcripts of this series, please visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/hunting-warehead-transcripts-listen-1.5346693

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
3.3K Ratings

3.3K Ratings

Brishinit ,

Difficult but well done

I’m a lawyer who represents sexual abuse survivors (custody and protective orders, not prosecution of perpetrators). I hear and read stories of child sex abuse every day. Even for me this was a tough listen. That said, it was extremely well done and accurate. This is something I think everyone should hear. Sexual predators are not creepy strangers jumping out of bushes or luring kids into vans with candy. Nearly all of the time they are trusted family, friends, or respected members of the community. Believe kids when they say something.

BritBrit48 ,

One of the absolute bests

This is easily one of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to. The reporting and production are incredible. A must listen!

Samantha Wynn ,

Wow. All star reporting on a horrible topic.

I’m critical of true crime podcasts. True journalism is hard to find. This is a horrifying, important topic - certainly difficult to report on. I loved the slip in episode when the call ends. I’m a parent of young children. I will never forget this podcast. Thank you, Jen, for sharing your story. I cried, and replayed your final address to the court. You are a hero, an extraordinary woman, and fierce mama. I’m very grateful to everyone who contributed to this reporting. Thank you.

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