When the Federal Bureau of Investigation had busted PlayPen, an infamous child porn website on the dark net, they planted a malware to acquire the details of the users in early 2015 when the agency briefly controlled the domain. Now, it looks like that the FBI shared this info with the United Kingdom law enforcement authorities.
Vithusan Puvaneswaran (21), a Hayes man, pleaded guilty to three counts, including the making of an indecent photograph of a child, possessing prohibited images of children, and being in possession of extreme pornographic images, according to the Blackfriars Crown Court. During the house search of the 21-year-old man, the NCA found over 100 GB of illegal data on Puvaneswaran’s hard drive, including 48,000 images and videos. Among the pictures, there were some screenshots, which were originated from PlayPen.
Puvaneswaran, after plading guilty, was sentenced to 1 year of jail time and was given a sexual harm prevention order (which usually prevents offenders from working with children in the future).
According to the local media, the NCA “detected” Puvaneswaran’s IP address, and raided his home on March 15, 2015. However, the question still stands: how did the National Crime Agency acquire the IP of the man?