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Court Rules FBI Can Keep Phone Hacking Tool Secret from the Public

On December 2nd, 2015 Syed Rizwan Farook committed one of the worst terrorist attacks in the history of California, shooting 14 people and seriously injuring 22 other people. After Farook died in a shootout with law enforcement, the FBI seized Farook’s iPhone 5c. During the investigation into the terrorist attack, the FBI was unable to decrypt Farook’s iPhone. The FBI ... Read More »

Judge Rules FBI Can Keep an iPhone Exploit Secret

In 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation purchased an iPhone exploit from an undisclosed vendor for more than one million dollars. The iPhone that needed exploitation had belonged to the San Bernardino shooter who killed 14 people. During the investigation, the FBI claimed that the lock on the iPhone had prevented authorities from accessing the phone. Three news agencies later ... Read More »

Once Again, Judge Rules Against FBI in Porno Case

The FBI’s Operation Pacifier placed many lawyers and civil rights advocates in an awkward position. From a perspective, the FBI hunted down and took down some of society’s most hated using any means necessary. But from another, the Department of Justice illegally hacked thousands of computers and then refused to disclose evidence. Thus, many judges ruled that the government’s evidence ... Read More »

Judge Rules That Unlocking Cellphones via Fingerprint Does Not Violate Constitutional Rights

In response to an incident that lacked any relation to the last fingerprint-related news, a Minnesota court ruled against a recent Fifth Amendment appeal regarding device passwords. The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that ordering an individual to unlock a device with a fingerprint “is no more testimonial than furnishing a blood sample, providing handwriting or voice exemplars, standing in ... Read More »

Knoxville Federal Judge Rules Against FBI In PlayPen Case

Senior U.S. District Judge Leon Jordan ruled that the Federal Bureau of Investigation violated both the US Constitution and federal rules of criminal procedure when they hacked nearly 1,300 users who accessed the PlayPen child porn site. During Operation Pacifier, the FBI took over the dark net child porn site PlayPen and ran it between February 20 and March 4, ... Read More »

Third Judge Rules FBI’s Playpen Warrant Invalid

In Iowa, Federal Judge Robert Pratt ordered the evidence resulting from an arrest in the FBI’s Playpen investigation be suppressed. The warrant was issued in part of the FBI’s operation to hack Tor users. The FBI took control of a child pornography site, Playpen, for two weeks in order to unmask its users. Including Judge Pratt’s suppression, this is only the third case out of 200 ... Read More »

Federal Judge Rules That Bitcoin Is Legal Money In Court Case

Potentially setting the standard for future cases, a New York federal judge ruled that Bitcoin is a form of legal currency. On September 19, Judge Alison Nathan of the Southern District Court of New York likely ended the year-long Coin.mx case. Anthony Murgio, one of the Coin.mx operators, was indicted in July 2016 for working without a money transmission license. ... Read More »

Changes to EU’s Telecom Rules Are Coming Soon

The European Union is plans to extend some of its telecom rules concerning security and anonymity to online communications providers such as Skype, and WhatsApp, which would govern how they can use encryption. Under the current rule, it only apples to phone service providers. Telecom companies have been complaining for years that other companies like Google and Microsoft are being ... Read More »

Court Rules Government Can’t Access International Data

Companies in the United States, when issued a warrant, have been required to hand over all requested data, including anything stored on offshore servers. One of the most prolific examples of this was in 2014, in an incident involving Microsoft. The Justice Department issued a warrant requesting all emails to and from a Microsoft customer who was a suspect in ... Read More »

Another Judge Rules against Government in a Child Porn Case

Yesterday the US Federal Judge presiding over the FBI child porn case in Washington, threw out all the evidence obtained by the FBI’s NIT deployment on the Tor Network. It seems it’s going to be hard for prosecutors to move forward in the US vs. Michaud case, because of judges continuing to push back on the FBI’s use of hacking ... Read More »

No AML Rules For BTC Wallet Providers In The UK

The UK Treasury has said that it wont seek to impose anti money laundering rules on digital currency wallet providers in a bid to avoid overbuilding those services. Remarks were issued last week in a report that detailed the UK governments pans to tackle money laundering and terrorist financing risks more broadly. According to the report, the UK Treasury has ... Read More »

EU Approves New Data Protection Rules

Thursday the European Union approved new data protection rules to help strengthen on line privacy, streamline legislation between the 28 member states, and boost police and security cooperation. The rules will create a strong data protection law for Europe’s 500 million citizens, replacing an outdated patchwork of national rules that only allow for tiny fines in cases of violation. There ... Read More »

Judge Rules Warrant Used in PlayPen Investigation Not Valid

A ruling by a US federal judge William Young today declared that the magistrate judge who issued a warrant authorizing the FBI to infect suspects’ PC’s with tracking malware lacked all of the authority to do so. In early 2015, the Feds had used the warrant to install a so called NIT, a Network Investigative Technique, on the computers of ... Read More »