Alfred C. Bacon, an avid puzzler, has been kidnapped! Fortunately, we were able to find where he was being held. Unfortunately, he was no longer there. Fortunately, he left us a note, letting us know that he was safe, (although not necessarily happy). Fortunately, he let us know that he had encoded his kidnapper's name in a hidden message. Unfortunately, our intrepid police force has hit a brick wall with how to solve his puzzle. They believe that it's tied to his internet history.
They have sent you, the denizens of https://puzzling.stackexchange.com, the entirety of his browsing history, and are relying on you to figure out who the kidnapper is so that they can once again begin the search for Freddy.
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Who kidnapped Mr. Bacon?
The police have approached you with a piece of new information! They found a piece of paper stuck to the bottom of the otherwise empty trash bin that looks like this:
It looks like the police were able to successfully recover part of a file from the otherwise empty hard drive! Here's the portion of the file that they recovered:
some of the sites
have letters missing.
That's because the police
Are police, not the FBI. However, they're very sure that what they have is right, and are also sure that it's got SOMETHING to do with the code. They just don't have any idea what.
As an aside, is it possible to have a block quote with a spoiler? That would have made the answer much easier to type.
IP Addresses have been added to the original list. They were divined by the police's voodoo magic, and definitely not from phroureo's spreadsheet where he saved them all. I sure hope there's not typos in the list again, because that would be embarrassing.
Fair warning: this puzzle is VERY enigmatic. Hints will come periodically as necessary, but eventually, it should be solvable. I hope. :P To be honest, I thought about adding even more layers, but in the end decided to save them for the next puzzle.