How an obscure rule lets law enforcement search any computer

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https://www.engadget.com/2016/12/01/rule-41-fbi-doj-hacking-power-expand-search-seizure/

With today’s amendments to Rule 41, the statute that regulates legal search and seizure, the US Department of Justice has a new weapon to fight cyber crime — but it’s a double-edged sword. The changes expand the FBI’s ability to search multiple computers, phones and other devices across the country, and even overseas, on a single warrant. In an increasingly connected world, amending the rules is both necessary for law enforcement agencies and deeply concerning for digital privacy advocates. And for everyday citizens, it’s a little bit of both.

Today’s changes allow judges to issue warrants for federal agencies to remotely access, search, seize and copy digital information that’s been concealed via anonymizing software like Tor or a VPN. The changes also allow judges to grant warrants for the search, seizure and copying of information on any connected device that’s attacked in a hacking campaign.

Two recent hacking instances offer insight into how these new rules might play out in the real world.

First up, the FBI’s global Dark Web pedophilia sting, Operation Pacifier: In 2015, the FBI took over a child pornography website on the Dark Web and,over the course of two weeks, deployed malware to users in order to bypass the anonymizing software and catch 1,500 pedophiles. FBI agents did this on the order of a single warrant issued by a magistrate judge. In the ensuing court battles, some defense lawyers successfully argued that the entire sting relied on an invalid warrant.

At the same time, a senior US District Court judge ruled the FBI did not need a warrant at all to infiltrate a stateside computer, saying, “Generally, one has no reasonable expectation of privacy in an IP address when using the internet.”

The new Rule 41 addresses this issue head-on. Now, a magistrate judge does indeed have the authority to issue a warrant allowing federal agents to search and seize any number of computers within or outside of that judge’s district.

Secondly, there’s the Mirai botnet attack that shut down internet service across the country in late October. Hackers took advantage of weak security protocols in connected home devices like security cameras, DVRs and routers to hit a large domain name server with a distributed denial of service attack that took out Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, The New York Times and other major websites.

In this case, the new rules would let a judge issue a warrant allowing federal agents to search, seize and copy all of the information on these hacked IoT devices. Yes, the victims of the hack are open to digital search and seizure.

This potential scenario worries privacy advocates like the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The organization wrote in a blog post, “Government access to the computers of botnet victims also raises serious privacy concerns, as a wide range of sensitive, unrelated personal data could well be accessed during the investigation. This is a dangerous expansion of powers, and not something to be granted without any public debate on the topic.”

http://nationalsecuritylawbrief.com/supreme-courts-approves-change-to-rule-41-search-and-seizure-warrants-for-electronic-property/

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this got passed under the fog of trump..

“The changes expand the FBI’s ability to search multiple computers, phones and other devices across the country, and even overseas, on a single warrant.”

nice..

“The new Rule 41 addresses this issue head-on. Now, a magistrate judge does indeed have the authority to issue a warrant allowing federal agents to search and seize any number of computers within or outside of that judge’s district.”

the net literally tightens..

401

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~ by seeker401 on December 9, 2016.

9 Responses to “How an obscure rule lets law enforcement search any computer”

  1. ‘this got passed under the fog of trump..’

    • The 1000 page Obama health care bill was the trojan horse that slipped the chip in the back door several years back. I was worried then for the medicaid and medicare recipients that would have no choice. I actually figured that was the sole purpose of the bill. No way trumps repeal and remand rhetoric was happening.

      This recent bill passed under the smoke and mirrors of the election as Rev pointed out is Obamas kiss of death to America, his legacy lives on. May he roast in hell and may we who have TWO eyes to see and ears to hear revolt.

      • The language conceals the fact, that it provides the structure for making America the first nation in the world that would require every U.S. citizen to receive an implanted radio-frequency (RFID) microchip for the purpose of controlling medical care. There are those that say the current legislation does not say this. But, the current legislation and laws surrounding the Health Care Bill are still in the process of being written. As such one cannot conclude that the microchip implant is simply going to disappear!

        When Joe Biden, a Senator at the time asks Justice John Roberts at a Confirmation Hearing:

        “Can a miniature tag be implanted into a human body to track his every movement? You will rule on that, mark my words, before your tenure is over.”

        The cat is out of the bag! Many of our elected officials know what the plan is.

        You can dance around all the fine print in the legal language, but you cannot escape the fact that there is a plan to microchip the population. The truth is that if the global elites have their way, you are going to be implanted with a Radio Frequency Transponder (RFID Chip). Radio-frequency identification (RFID) employs the use of a wireless non-contact system, using radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transmit data from a microchip, biochip or a microscopic technology called a nano-chip, for the purposes of automatic identification and tracking. The nano-chip is so small, you could be given one during a vaccination and never even know it! I am not advocating that all vaccinations are bad. But, you better know what they are injecting into your blood stream!

        Nano-technology requires no battery and is powered by the electromagnetic fields used to read them. Some chips can use a local power source or even the electricity in your body and can broadcast radio waves (electromagnetic radiation) at radio frequencies.

        nano nano, indeed

        • THIS chip goes hand and glove with the MH Ultra mind control. Same players, OMG Amanda Bynes is right!!!!

          In a testimony called “Microchip Implants and Cybernetics 12-6-1,” in 1974, a Congressional testimony from Dr. Jose Delgado stated, “We need a program of PSYCHOSURGERY for political control of our society.” Dr. Jose M. Delgado Professor of Neuropsychiatry, Yale University Medical Records, Number 26, Vol. 118 February 1974. Delgado said, “Man does not have the right to develop his own mind. We must electrically control the brain.”

          Zbigniew Brzezinski who is a founder of the Trilateral Commission, and former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter advocated a technological dictatorship.
          “In the technotronic society the trend would seem to be towards the aggregation of the individual support of millions of uncoordinated citizens, easily within the reach of magnetic and attractive personalities effectively exploiting the latest communications techniques to manipulate emotions and control reason.”

          http://govtslaves.info/the-history-of-mandatory-microchip-legislation/

        • You can dance around all the fine print in the legal language, but you cannot escape the fact that there is a plan to microchip the population. The truth is that if the global elites have their way, you are going to be implanted with a Radio Frequency Transponder (RFID Chip). Radio-frequency identification (RFID) employs the use of a wireless non-contact system, using radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transmit data from a microchip, biochip or a microscopic technology called a nano-chip, for the purposes of automatic identification and tracking. The nano-chip is so small, you could be given one during a vaccination and never even know it! I am not advocating that all vaccinations are bad. But, you better know what they are injecting into your blood stream!

      • Hitler’s T4 Program Revived
        In Obama’s Health-Care `Reform’

        http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2009/3622obama_revive_hitler_t4.html

        Nazis, Eugenics, and the T-4 Program (1920-1950)

        It is not widely known that Hitler’s extermination policies began with the widespread killing of institutionalized disabled people in Germany in the 1940s, and that the eugenics theories that were the basis for Hitler’s policies originated in the United States in the 1920s. Sterilization and euthanasia were not the ideas of the Nazis. Germany, however, was the only country in which the political climate allowed materialization of the final goal of sterilization and euthanasia.

        http://www.disabilityhistory.org/t4prog.html

        • Totally up Trumps alley, everytime I would here him say its very sad but there are very sick people amongst us and they should not have guns and they need help, puke my guts out.

          • OMG what a small group.it really is. This is daughter of Ziggy…diagnosing Trump as mentally ill, geez he better be careful himself, lol and atvthe right time ivanka will agree….trump and kanye will be sharing a room in the nut house and she will be running the show, lol. https://youtu.be/fRqoont8O88

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