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US drops child porn case to avoid revealing classified material

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The US government has dropped two child pornography cases against a man rather than reveal material available on WikiLeaks, which is still classified, in court.

David Tippens was suspected of downloading child pornography material from a site known as Playpen that was functional on the dark web. The cases dropped related to receipt and transportation of such material. A third case, for possession, will be prosecuted.

Early last month, the government dropped a child pornography case against a man known as Jay Michaud rather than reveal the technological means they had used to locate him.

All the 200-odd Playpen-related cases being prosecuted across the US were filed after the FBI gained control of the website in 2015 and ran it for a while, according to a report on Ars Technica.

During the 13 days that the FBI controlled it, its agents used what they describe as a "network investigative technique" to find out the real IP addresses of the people using the site.

Websites on the dark web are accessed using the Tor browser which masks a user's IP address and guarantees anonymity. Security experts have described the NIT used by the FBI as malware.

In the case of Tippens, the government dropped the two cases when it became apparent that his lawyers would present material from WikiLeaks which is still classified by the Department of Justice. This material, in the judge's words, would show how the government could "hack into a computer without leaving any trace that it had been hacked or that an exploit had been placed on it".

Last year, iTWire reported that the Queensland Police Service's Taskforce Argos had hacked into the computers of Americans who were part of a child pornography ring on the dark web, in order to find their IP addresses.

Argos is a specialist branch which investigates online child exploitation and abuse. The site in question was known as The Love Zone.

The QPS told iTWire at the time that Argos would not make any comment on the matter.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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