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Ex-cybersecurity chief busted for child porn

Ex-cybersecurity chief busted for child porn
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Timothy DeFoggi, a former acting director of cybersecurity at the Department of Health and Human Services, has been convicted on child porn charges, which included "an apparent plot to enact some of his violent 'fantasies' in the real world" on top of conspiracy to solicit and distribute child porn.

I will spare you the gruesome details, but know that they are appalling.

DeFoggi stopped working for the Department of Health and Human Services in January, but it's still scary knowing he began work for them in 2008.

What's most interesting is the fact that the FBI cracked the code on private browser Tor to bust DeFoggi.

Wired's Kim Zetter explains:

During chats DeFoggi described using Tor to access PedoBook early in the morning hours and between 4 and 6 [am]. Among the evidence seized against him was pen register/trap trace data obtained from Verizon showing someone at his Maryland residence using Tor during these hours as well as the IP addresses used by an AOL account under the username [redacted] which pointed to DeFoggi’s home.

When agents arrived at his home early one morning to execute a search warrant, they had to pry him from his laptop, which was in the process of downloading a child porn video from a Tor web site called OPVA, or Onion Pedo Video Archive. In addition to child porn images stored on his computer, authorities also found evidence of his Tor browser history, showing some of his activity at PedoBook and OPVA.

I've covered this subject before. Tor is supposed to be a way to anonymously search the Internet, but Feds are quickly putting an end to it. Click here to see how downloading Tor could land you on an NSA watch list. 

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Source: Wired
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