Playpen

Playpen

DOJ, FBI Executives Approved Running a Child Porn Site

A court transcript shows that running Playpen as part of a child pornography sting was approved by the higher levels of each department.
Joseph Cox
5.29.17
watching the watchers

Activists Push Back Against FBI’s Worldwide Hacking Operation

UK-based activist group Privacy International has highlighted the international ramifications mass hacking operations.
Joseph Cox
2.10.17
FBI

US Judges Can Now Sign Global Hacking Warrants

At midnight changes to Rule 41, which the Department of Justice says is to combat criminals who use anonymization technology, came into effect.
Joseph Cox
12.1.16
security

The FBI Used a 'Non-Public' Vulnerability to Hack Suspects on Tor

If the vulnerability was a so-called zero day, that would bring up all sorts of disclosure issues for the FBI.
Joseph Cox
11.29.16
government

The FBI Hacked Over 8,000 Computers In 120 Countries Based on One Warrant

With upcoming changes to Rule 41, experts think this is only the beginning of worldwide hacking by law enforcement agencies.
Joseph Cox
11.22.16
Norway

FBI's Dark Web Child Porn Investigation Stretched to Norway

Norway is just the latest country to be linked to the FBI's massive investigation, and takeover, of dark web child pornography site Playpen.
Joseph Cox
11.21.16
tor

After High Profile Busts, Dozens of Dark Web Child Porn Sites Remain

Even after several successful law enforcement operations, a high number of dark web child pornography sites are still active.
Joseph Cox
11.11.16
crime

FBI: We Shut Down the Worst Part of a Child Porn Site Before Our Sting Operation

In February 2015, the FBI took control of a child pornography site, and ran it from a government server. But an FBI agent says they did close one of the most egregious sections straight away.
Joseph Cox
10.7.16
FBI

Should Hacking a Tor User to Get an IP Address Require a Warrant?

Judges are divided on whether the FBI grabbing dark web users' IPs constitutes a search.
Joseph Cox
9.21.16
security

Florida Man Found Guilty of Running Child Porn Site ‘Playpen’

The FBI took over the site, and ran it themselves for just under two weeks.
Joseph Cox
9.17.16
police

Federal Judge: Hacking Someone's Computer Is Definitely a 'Search'

Shouldn’t this be obvious?
Janus Kopfstein
9.11.16
crime

FBI Denies Making Dark Web Child Porn Site Run Faster

A defense lawyer had claimed that the FBI improved the performance of a dark web child pornography site during their operations.
Joseph Cox
9.2.16
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