A former Obama Administration official is about to go to prison for a long time on child pornography charges.
Timothy DeFoggi, who served as the former Acting Director of Cybersecurity at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), was convicted last Tuesday in the District of Nebraska of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography, and accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography in connection with his membership on a child pornography website, as per court documents.
The former Obama Administration official was arrested in May 2013 at his home in Germantown, Md in an investigation targeting three separate child pornography websites. It was there that FBI officials literally had to pry him away from his laptop while he was downloading child pornography.
DeFoggi used Tor hidden servers based in Nebraska run by Aaron McGrath, who has himself been convicted for participating in the scheme. Tor hidden servers cannot be normally traced to the location where they are hosted, but the FBI seized these sites in 2012 after McGrath failed to secure his account with a password. The FBI took control of these sites for over a year to determine the actual location of DeFoggi and others.
DeFoggi was the sixth person convicted in connection with the investigation, and is scheduled to be sentenced on November 7.
Although arrested in May 2013, DeFoggi had top-security clearance until January 2014. He served under HHS Chief Information Security Officer Kevin Charest, and oversaw operating-system security on all of HHS computers.
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