The Federal District Court of Massachusetts judge refused to accept evidence against Alex Levin from the FBI specialists, as the FBI obtained the data with the help of malicious software.
The court considered the case of child pornography, but the lawyers could show the information obtained about the suspected violation of the law.
Court Refused To Accept Evidence From FBI
This is the case against Alex Levin, the administrator of one of the largest sites with child pornography, “PlayPen”. At the end of last year, as part of an FBI raid a few weeks of supervised work on the PlayPen site.
During this time, the staff office “caught on live bait” visitors’ resources. Because the site is working as a hidden service in the Tor network, the FBI has developed an exploit that allows revealing the IP address of the portal user.
The result of the operation was charged with possession of child pornography by at least 137 people in the US and the initiation of investigations on the case outside of the country.
According to the US District Judge William Young, the magistrate issued a search warrant to gather evidence against the administrator of one of the largest sites with child pornography Alex Levin, who did not have proper jurisdiction.
The US District Judge Young said, “In fact, the final result was obtained without a warrant, and the search was conducted unreasonably and adding that the evidence should be excluded from the case”.
To identify 214,898 users resource of PlayPen, the FBI used a package of measures known as the method of investigation in computer networks (Network Investigative Technique, NIT).
This technology (in fact, malicious software) allows the secret services FBI to obtain data every time the owner of the infected computer logs into PlayPen.