U.S. drops child porn case to avoid disclosing Tor exploit

The U.S. Department of Justice is asking a federal court to dismiss its indictment in a case that involves a child porn site known as Playpen, after a judge asked the government to disclose the hacking technique it used to gather evidence.

“The government must now choose between disclosure of classified information and dismissal of its indictment,” the DOJ said in a court filing Friday. “Disclosure is not currently an option.”

The case involves Jay Michaud, a school administrator from Vancouver, Wash., who was arrested in July 2015 for allegedly viewing child porn images on Playpen. Michaud’s case was one of at least 137 cases brought throughout the U.S. in relation to Playpen, a website that operated on the Tor anonymity network and which the FBI managed to seize in 2015.

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Source: Computerworld.com | Security

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