The operation was supported by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security and the Civil Police of Bahia, Minas Gerais, Roraima and São Paulo
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247 – On the morning of this Wednesday (8), the Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro, in a joint action with the Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MJSP), carried out “Operation Server Out” with the aim of preventing attacks on schools. The action was carried out with the cooperation of the Civil Police of Bahia, Minas Gerais, Roraima and São Paulo, resulting in the execution of seven search and seizure warrants at teenagers’ homes and the temporary arrest of four individuals who planned school attacks through the application Discord.
The investigation revealed that these attacks were being planned and coordinated through the Discord platform, which is popular among young people and teenagers. Police acted after receiving information of the imminent threat, and Discord cooperated by providing the information necessary to identify the suspects.
Ciberlab, the Cyber Operations Laboratory linked to the Directorate of Integrated Operations and Intelligence (Diopi), of the National Public Security Secretariat (Senasp), played a fundamental role in this operation. Ciberlab coordinator, Alessandro Barreto, highlighted that “the Civil Police and Ciberlab do exceptional work in protecting children and adolescents. Combining technology, good practices and cooperation, police officers are able to identify suspects and prevent attacks. Actions like this prevent tragedies.”
The chief delegate of the Police Station for Child and Adolescent Victims (DCAV), Ana Carolina Medeiros, highlighted the importance of integrated action. “The work carried out by Ciberlab has already prevented several attacks on schools from occurring. The imminence of attacks against children requires immediate action by state criminal prosecution agencies, and action must be taken promptly to dismantle the criminal architecture, aiming to prevent acts of such seriousness”, he pointed out.
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During the investigations, signs of crimes were found, such as criminal association and incitement to crime, both typified in the Penal Code, in addition to corruption of minors under 18 years of age, in accordance with the Child and Adolescent Statute (ECA).
The name of the operation, “Server Out,” refers to the unavailability of online servers used as a means for planned crimes, as well as the removal of users who use the platform to commit crimes covered by Brazilian legislation.