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Child porn case dropped to prevent FBI disclosure

• BBC

The Playpen site was located on the Tor network which is used to anonymise web-browsing activity.

The FBI found a way around this to reveal the users' real IP addresses and led to 200 prosecutions.

But it refused to reveal to the court how it managed the feat.

The site was located on the Tor network which many people use to browse the web anonymously. It conceals their location and identity by routing their connections through a chain of different computers and encrypting data in the process.

To get round this the FBI used what it called "network investigative techniques" and revealed people's identities.

But it refused a request for information on its technological investigation techniques.


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