US Government Lets Child Porn Suspect Go to Protect Tor Hack Method

US Government Lets Child Porn Suspect Go to Protect Tor Hack Method

The anonymous nature of the search engine Tor is in question after the Department of Justice (DOJ) dropped charges to protect details of how they hacked the browser.

IP’s of visitors using the anonymity software to access a child pornography site were identified using the hack.

“Disclosure is not currently an option,” Federal Prosecutor Annette Hayes wrote in Friday’s court filing for the case United States v. Jay Michaud.

Hayes said that dismissal without prejudice would allow for future charges when the government might “be in a position to provide the requested discovery."

The accused man, Jay Michaud, was arrested in 2015 suspected of visiting the child pornography website Playpen via the Tor browser. Despite the alleged anonymity of Tor, Michaud was identified after the FBI took control of Playpen for nearly two weeks.

The FBI used a form of malware known as a ‘network investigative technique’ (NIT) to track Michaud and 135 other suspects who are also facing prosecution, reported the IBT Times.

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