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PlayPen Case: DOJ Says FBI Played No Role In Improving Child Porn Website

Last week, Peter Adolf, a lawyer defending PlayPen’s former administrator, Steven Chase, argued that the FBI had improved the functionality of the infamous PlayPen dark web child porn site when they took control of it. The Department of Justice (DOJ) made a statement denying the claims: “The government played no role in enhancing or improving the functionality of the website,” ... Read More »

Europol’s Deepweb Child Porn Investigation Nets 75 Arrests

A year-long investigation into an undisclosed child pornography site on the deepweb has led to 75 arrests since August 23rd, according to Europol. The investigation, known as “Operation Daylight,” involves suspects in over 25 countries with 207 open cases. Operation Daylight was launched in 2015 after Swiss police notified Europol of the discovery of a massive network of criminals involved ... Read More »

The Largest Deepweb Child Porn Distributor Is the FBI

In a motion filed by assistant federal defender Peter Adolf, he argues that during the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s operation into the deepweb child pornography site “Playpen,” the FBI made the child pornography issue even worse. Similar motions claim that the FBI themselves distributed as many as 1 million pictures and videos of child pornography to more than 100,000 users ... Read More »

Member Of Former TLZ Child Porn Website Sentenced

Seth Piccolo (44), from Grand Rapids, was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in The Love Zone (TLZ), a former child porn website on the dark web. He pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography, possession and access with intent to view child pornography. Piccolo was a member of TLZ and had to upload images of his ... Read More »

Child Pornography Sting Leads to 5 Arrests in Italy

A child pornography bust in Italy, carried out by both the Postal and Communication Police as well as the CNCPO  (National  Center  for  Combating  Child Pornography on-line), lead to 21 search warrants being issued, five of which resulted in subsequent arrests. The arrests took place in Lombardy, Tuscany, Trentino Alto Adige and Lazio, an Italian news agency claims. The remaining ... Read More »

Holyoke Child Porn Defendant Stuck In Legal Limbo

Edward Dupont (74), from Holyoke, who was charged with possessing child pornography, is stuck in a legal limbo. Dupont, with at least 135 other defendants, was charged in the Playpen case after the FBI obtained a warrant from a magistrate judge in Virginia to take over the website, which contained thousands of child porn images and videos. Operation Pacifier, the ... Read More »

Computing Student At Leeds Met University Jailed For Accessing Child Porn Images

Macan Sahota (24), a student studying computer studies and ethical hacking at the Leeds Met University, was jailed for 16 months for downloading 386 “still and moving” child pornography images from the dark web. The content featured babies being sexually abused and pictures showing children and animals. According to Jonathan Sharp from prosecution, the law enforcement authorities discovered Sahota’s illicit ... Read More »

Another Judge Rules against Government in a Child Porn Case

Yesterday the US Federal Judge presiding over the FBI child porn case in Washington, threw out all the evidence obtained by the FBI’s NIT deployment on the Tor Network. It seems it’s going to be hard for prosecutors to move forward in the US vs. Michaud case, because of judges continuing to push back on the FBI’s use of hacking ... Read More »

Child Porn Suspect Jailed Indefinitely For Not Decrypting Hard Drives

A Philadelphia man suspected of possessing child porn has been in jail for  seven months and counting after being found in contempt of a court order demanding that he decrypt two password protected hard drives. The suspect, a former P.P.D. Sergeant, hasn’t been charged with any child porn crimes. Instead he remains indefinitely imprisoned in Philadelphia’s Federal Detention Center for ... Read More »

Most Child Porn Are Found On Image Hosting Services

According to a new report from the United Kingdom based Internet Watch Foundation, most of the child pornography material could be found hidden away on image hosting websites, mostly located in the United States. Vocativ made this statement in their article about the Internet Watch Foundation’s work: ”The IWF, a non-profit largely funded by the European Union and online companies, ... Read More »

Judge Ordered FBI To Reveal Malware Used In Child Pornography Case

A judge ruled that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has to provide every detail of their operation on the dark web that resulted in the hacking of around 1,000 computers. When asked, Colin Fieman, a federal public defender, said that the report will also include the malware used in the attack. His official statement goes by: “The declaration from our ... Read More »

How Lux Got Involved With Child Porn

Matthew David Graham (23), using the pseudonym ”Lux” on his site, was the administrator of one of the biggest child porn rings that had more than 215,000 users at the time. The pedo site was infamous for its brutality; Lux’s website featured hurtcore child porn. Graham in 2014 decided to close down the whole domain. He even posted a farewell ... Read More »

Jailed Child Porn Admin Testifies Against Co-Admin

Shannon Grant McCoole (33), the former administrator of the notorious The Love Zone child porn site, provided evidence against a Danish man who allegedly helped him in the administering of the illegal website. McCoole has been sentenced to 35 years by South Australian court for child porn related charges. McCoole, who is kept in protective custody and under 24-hour surveillance ... Read More »

Hospital Radiographer Sentenced For Huge Child Porn Collection

Christopher Daldorph (45), a hospital radiographer from Weston-super-Mare, has been sentenced to 2 years and 4 months by Bristol Crown Court for the possession of a huge child porn collection. According to the law enforcement authorities, 141,539 child porn images and videos were found on the man’s computer, but officials believe that his full collection had more than a million ... Read More »

University Helped FBI In Silk Road 2 And Child Porn Busts

According to official court documents, an unnamed academic institution has been providing information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in certain cases, including the Silk Road 2 bust and a child porn case. In January, Brian Richard Farrell from Seattle, AKA. DoctorClu was busted by the FBI. According to official documents, Farell was the main staff member of Silk Road ... Read More »