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DOJ to drop child porn case because of the secret technique used

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The US Department of Justice is dismissing a case against a man accused of accessing child pornography through a website called PlayPen because the authorities didn't want to reveal publicly how they were able to catch the man.





The case, officially titled United States v. Jay Michaud,  What Is My Public IP Address - https://my-ip-is.com a microcosm of a new pattern in law enforcement's work, specifically referred to as a Network Investigative Technique (NIT).





The DoJ is prosecuting more than 135 people around the country over allegedly gaining access to PlayPen, an illegal hidden service that is only reachable through Tor, according


to Ars Technica.





Tor is a platform that automatically anonymizes Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, the numerical fingerprint each computer has for accessing the web.





Authorities were not only able to gain entry into the illicit platform, but also takeover the administrative control of PlayPen unbeknownst to the rest of the community on the "Dark Web" site. The FBI was essentially running a child pornography site for weeks, all attributed to helping catch people who publish, disseminate and watch the obscene content.

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