The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned parents to be extra vigilant after discovering a “satanic” pedophile extortion cult targeting young children online.
The disturbing cult uses platforms such as Discord, Twitch, Soundcloud, Roblox, and Telegram to find new victims.
In a public notice, the FBI warned that the cult uses many names, including 76, 764, CVLT, Court, Kaskar, Harm Nation, Leak Society, and H3ll.
The group “continuously evolve and form subgroups under different monikers.”
“To gain access to a majority of these groups, prospective members are required to live-stream or upload videos depicting their minor victims harming animals or committing self-harm, suicide, murder, or other acts of violence,” the FBI said.
“The key motivators of these groups are to gain notoriety and rise in status within their groups.”
The investigation into the satanic cult began after police arrested a 23-year-old named Angel Almeida on gun charges in New York.
It was when police began investigating the man’s social media posts that the grim discoveries were made.
Police also found items in the man’s apartment, including books pertaining to the Order of Nine Angles and a flag bearing the insignia of an American O9A offshoot, the Tempel ov Blood.]
The Guardian reported:
“Documents and sources familiar with 764 indicate the group is an offshoot of the Order of Nine Angles (O9A), a violent, subversive amalgam of esoteric Hitler worship, Satanism, and Wiccan tenets that American authorities recognize as a terrorist ideology and that has been connected with murders and attempted terrorist attacks in countries including the US, Britain, Germany, Canada, and Russia.”
The group appears to be intensely interested in targeting children online.
The New York Post reported that once the group ensnares its victims, they begin to threaten, intimidate, or blackmail them into recording acts of self-mutilation, animal abuse, sex acts, and even their own suicides.
Almeida was also in possession of an O9A “blood covenant,” which features a blood-smeared drawing of a hooded figure with glowing red eyes surrounded with sigils for four O9A deities and the caption Vindex, Nythra, Satan and Abatu, the Guardian also reported.
At the bottom of the page is an oath: ‘A covenant signed in blood. May the DEVIL walk with you always – SATANAE MANIBUS’ (“by Satan’s Hand” in Latin). Similar indicia have been found in possession of O9A-influenced killers in Britain and Canada,” the outlet added.
“Sources with knowledge of investigations into 764 indicate the group has a network of a couple thousand participants and hundreds of highly active members who generate and disseminate the bulk of the child pornography and gore videos found in the group’s channels on Telegram, Discord and more obscure platforms like Matrix,” the report continued.
The FBI warned that the group targets minors between the ages of 8 and 17 years old and has a particular interest in racial minorities, LGBTQ+ youth, and those struggling with mental health disorders.
The FBI public notice warned:
“The groups use extortion and blackmail tactics, such as threatening to SWAT or DOX the minor victims, if they do not comply with the groups’ requests, manipulate and extort minors into producing CSAM and videos depicting animal cruelty and self-harm.”
“Self-harm activity includes cutting, stabbing, or fansigning. Members of the groups threaten to share sexually explicit videos or photos of the minor victims with their family, friends, and/or post to the internet.”
“The groups control their victims through extreme fear, and many members have an end-goal of forcing the minors they extort into committing suicide on live-stream for their own entertainment or their own sense of fame.”
The cult is also linked to horrific high-profile crimes, including the murder of an entire foster family in Romania at the hands of a German teenager.
The FBI is urging victims to contact them at the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.