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The FBI hacked a child porn website on the dark web and nailed 1,500 users

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The FBI has used hacking methods never seen before in the history of law enforcement to bring down the owners and clients of the largest child pornography website found on the dark web to date.

A bulletin board website named Playpen that enabled users to sign up and then upload any images they liked was launched in August 2014 on the dark web, and according to court documents, the website's primary purpose was to advertise and distribute child pornography.

The dark web is a section of the internet not discoverable by conventional means, such as through a Google or search or by directly entering a website URL.