back to article Tor pedo torpedoed: Ex-US cybersecurity guru jailed for 25 years in abuse pics sting

A former US government cybersecurity official who was arrested in 2013 on charges of participating in an online pedophile ring has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. Timothy DeFoggi, who at the time of his arrest was acting director of cybersecurity for the Department of Health and Human Services, is the sixth person to be …

  1. Old Handle
    Paris Hilton


    Cybersecurity Official: Visits CP sites using Windows and with JavaScript enabled.

    1. Sanctimonious Prick

      Re: Expert?

      Makes you wonder...

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Expert?

      "Cybersecurity Official: Visits CP sites using Windows and with JavaScript enabled."

      Such high ranking IT security experts in civil servant roles are far from being an expert. Normally they just move up through the ranks playing the game, to arrive at the position. Having perhaps done something technical for the last time a couple of decades ago. A high position as a civil servant involves signing off on orders and giving the "go ahead", or not, about proposed projects, where those working "under you" are working contracting companies in most cases. Oh I forgot one important task, sticking that A/L note on your office door every few weeks.

      No doubt in my mind this person is guilty, however the sentence could have been a bit less. But then a civil servant is supposed to set a good example.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Expert?

        Yes Expert.

        Ex as in "Has been"

        Spurt as in "Drip Under Pressure".


  2. skeptical i
    Thumb Down


    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    -- Abraham Lincoln

    Alas, the scum also rises to the top.

    1. Sir Runcible Spoon

      Re: Disappointing.

      The cream also rises to the top, but it soon goes off.

  3. Mark 85 Silver badge

    Harsher sentence?

    I would think that his position in the government should have been a factor in this in spite of what his lawyer thinks. When one is in an office of trust as he was, he should have got a life sentence even if everyone else just got a slap on the wrist. And hopefully his time won't be served in the Danbury Country Club.

    Yes, it pisses me off no end for government types to get a gentle admonishment, some time in Danbury, and then back to a normal life. They should be held to a higher standard.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Harsher sentence?

      "another member of his household"

      And then he tries to blame his wife, kids, in laws etc for it

  4. ecofeco Silver badge

    The inmates...

    ...are running the asylum.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Shoud've been...

    ... a friend of Price Andrew - then perhaps he might've got a more lenient sentence.

  6. Ralph B

    Bad to Worse

    > He also said that his time in jail had allowed him to read the Bible

    Well, that proves it, the man is clearly an incorrigible recidivist.

  7. Roj Blake

    Not Porn

    Aren't we all meant to be calling it child abuse imagery rather than child (or kiddie) porn?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Not Porn

      You should know, after all it was Roj Blake who was fitted up for interfering with minors which ended up him getting sent to alpha centauri.

      Was there a memo we missed?

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Not Porn

      Child pornography is what the law calls it (in the US, where this happened). It's also what the law is actually about. Child abuse imagery is newspeek and inaccurate. I can understand the distaste for the word "pornography", but any replacement needs to describe the crime honestly. In the UK, I think the legal term is "indecent images of children". What do people have against that one?

  8. Sporkinum

    Kudos for one of the best article titles. TOR Pedo..

    1. Phuq Witt

      ...even though it should have been "TOR Paedo".

  9. Crazy Operations Guy

    Doesn't really matter how long his sentence is...

    ...he'll be dead in a week. Criminals tend to be a fairly tolerant of what crimes you've committed, but the one thing they do not tolerate is kiddie-fiddlers and child abusers. They may be scum, but they at least have better morals than politicians.

    1. Queasy Rider

      better morals than politicians

      Nonsense, paedos are simply at the bottom of present society's pecking order, and therefore any caged sadist can attack them with impunity. It has nothing to do with crims' morals.

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