FBI Affadavit on the use of Network Investigation Techniques (NITS)

Added By FourthEstate - Jun 7, 2016 - Court and Legal

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DECLARATION OF SPECIAL AGENT DANIEL ALFIN IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. EDWARD JOSEPH MATISH, III

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
NEWPORT NEWS DIVISION
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
v.
EDWARD JOSEPH MATISH, III

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CRIMINAL NO. 4:16crl6

DECLARATION OF SPECIAL AGENT DANIEL ALFIN
Your affiant, Daniel Alfin, being duly sworn and deposed, states the following:
1. I am a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau oflnvestigation. I am currently assigned to
FBI Headquarters, Criminal Investigative Division, Violent Crimes Against Children Section,
Major Case Coordination Unit. My duties involve the investigation of individuals using various
types of technology to produce, distribute, and trade child pornography. As an Agent assigned to
the FBI Violent Crimes Against Children Section, Major Case Coordination Unit, I routinely
analyze network data that has been collected pursuant to court order. I hold a University Degree
in Information Technology and multiple industry certifications that are recognized by the United
States Department of Defense. Additionally, I have completed all stages of FBI Cyber Training
including courses on Advanced Network Investigative Techniques, Network Traffic Analysis,
Ethical Hacking, and Malware Analysis.
2. Analysis of network data generally consists of identifying the origin, destination, and
content of communications that are sent across the Internet. In addition to performing this type
of analysis, I am routinely called upon to assist Agents across the FBI with similar analysis. In
the past two years, I have analyzed data from more than 30 court-authorized network intercepts
and those analyses have been used in affidavits and court filings in several judicial districts.
3. I have been involved in the FBI investigation of the Playpen website since it came online
in approximately August 2014. Playpen was a website that existed on an anonymous network
and was dedicated to the advertisement and distribution of child pornography. My duties
included the review of Playpen's content on multiple occasions, engagement in undercover
activities on Playpen, and the coordination of investigative activity aimed at identifying members
of Playpen, including the defendant, Edward Matish.

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