PlayPen Case: DOJ Says FBI Played No Role In Improving Child Porn Website

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Last week, Peter Adolf, a lawyer defending PlayPen’s former administrator, Steven Chase, argued that the FBI had improved the functionality of the infamous PlayPen dark web child porn site when they took control of it. The Department of Justice (DOJ) made a statement denying the claims:

“The government played no role in enhancing or improving the functionality of the website,” a court filing from the DOJ reads.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation briefly took over the PlayPen website in February 2015 as part of Operation Pacifier. Instead of shutting down the site, the federal agency kept it up to function as a honeypot. By controlling the site, they delivered malware to the website’s visitors in order to identify them.

The child porn website’s alleged administrator, Steven Chase was also arrested when the Bureau took over the website. Adolf claims the FBI has enhanced the performance of the illicit dark net site when they were operating it. He believes this argument will get the charges against his client dropped.

“The FBI distributed child pornography to viewers and downloaders worldwide for nearly two weeks, until at least March 4, 2015, even working to improve the performance of the website beyond its


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