Detectives work to crack more files in child porn case

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by Tanya Mendis

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azfamily.com

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 6 at 4:02 PM

PHOENIX -- A spokesperson for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says they are working to crack the codes on a state worker's computer, which is linked to a massive child pornography case.

Court documents show James DeSilva has already admitted to sharing more than 70 images and videos of child porn.

DeSilva, who works as an IT specialist for the Ariz. State Department of Real Estate, is now refusing to give detectives the passwords to additional encrypted files on his computer, police say.

Information technology specialists with the sheriff's office still have not been able to crack his encrypted files. However, a spokesperson for the department says they are now using a program that will speed up the process.

According to court documents, DeSilva encrypted the files to hide information from the feds he had on bomb making and terrorism. 

A computer expert says his codes will be cracked.

"There is no such thing as an un-crackable password," Ken Colburn, owner of Data Doctors, says. "Every password on the planet can be cracked if it’s just given enough time."

A department spokesperson says, depending on what else they find on DeSilva's computer, they may contact federal authorities.

DeSilva's arrest Monday was the culmination of a three year investigation.

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