During the previous year, the FBI hacked more than 10,000 computers during Operation Playpen, yet they only received a warrant from one magistrate judge in Virginia to do all that computer intrusion. The Feds used an NIT (network investigative technique) to nab Lucas Zalesny, a 19 year old Playpen user. They raided his house and found 16 illegal images. Recall that the FBI had created Playpen to lure people onto the site and then trap them.
“All it took for him to land on FBI radar was to log onto a phony website the FBI had created on the darknet specifically to snag distributors and viewers of child porn,” said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Lucas took a plea bargain and was sentenced to six months in county jail.