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 …
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.
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.
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?
...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.
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