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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > FBI May Expand Its Powers to Hack Computers

FBI May Expand Its Powers to Hack Computers

FBI May Expand Its Powers to Hack Computers

Added: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
Category: About Torrents > Staying Safe And Secure
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The government’s ability to hack into suspects’ computers may be massively expanded if the US Congress doesn’t block it within the next 7 months. The Supreme Court has recently ruled that federal judges can issue hacking warrants to federal law enforcement in the US if the suspect hides their location, as they usually do. Moreover, the FBI could also be granted the power to infiltrate any computer if the latter has already been taken over by cybercriminals.


These changes come into effect in December 2016 unless Congress blocks them. Senator Ron Wyden, the most senior Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, is going to introduce a bill blocking the court’s move.

Indeed, the rules were written for searching physical spaces at distinct locations and often do not adapt well to the Internet and online services, where millions of computers can be searched at the same time. The problem was raised a few days ago, when two judges struck down search warrants for suspected users of child sex abuse sites. The Federal Bureau of Investigations had taken over the site in question trying to trap users and eventually searched hundreds of PCs when a federal magistrate in Virginia allowed the agency to hack all visitors to the site.

According to the government, this was permissible, at least because visitors to the website were trying to hide their location by using the Tor browser. The FBI found a way to hack the service and trace visitors to the sex abuse website. Civil liberties advocates opposed this move – not because they wanted to defend child sex abuse content, but because local law enforcement shouldn’t be able to search potentially millions of computers under one judge’s order. As a result, judges in two other states have ruled that the Virginia warrant is invalid in their territory, so the evidence that the users visited the sex abuse website became inadmissible in result.

Senator Ron Wyden, without getting into the specifics of the case, claims that he believes the domestic law enforcement agencies shouldn’t be able to conduct such bulk surveillance. Indeed, one should admit that one warrant for one judge can affect millions of computers, which greatly expands the government’s hacking and surveillance powers.

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Date:  Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Comments (10) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2016-05-03 13:24:56)
_Greg avatarThis is nothing new, they've been doing this for years....

posted by Trusted UploaderET junkie (2016-05-03 15:48:38)
nevertellmetheodds avatarThanks

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2016-05-03 21:34:00)
analogkid6103 avatarWhen did they stop?

posted by (2016-05-04 01:54:39)
No avatarIt would be nice if they used this ability to catch actual terrorists. btw, Try and get into my computer LOL

posted by (2016-05-04 04:00:26)
Asymmetric avatarIf it goes as well as their iphone fiasco, no little kid's Speak and Spell will be safe.

posted by ET junkieKitty (2016-05-04 07:04:40)
Selsley avatarwho is the supreme court? a bunch of mad weak willed yanks, or representatives of the world?
i'm sure no world court would allow this, meaning that you dont play monopoly with americans, they just make the rules up as they go along

posted by (2016-05-04 18:40:49)
Admiral_Smith avatarI'm thinking that was the NSA not the FBI. But the NSA says they are feds so ..whatever. They need to hack computers for cyberterrorism.

posted by (2016-05-04 20:14:28)
No avatarAgree with #7.. But NSA ain't no feds, they are criminals like the CIA! I hope the FBI doesn't cross that line cause I still have some respect for them.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2016-05-05 01:15:28)
Embolism avatarBill Binney left the NSA for such overreach in 2000 when head of R&D for the NSA when they were monitoring electronically American citizens unconstitutionally ,16 years on After Microsoft and the rest of PRISM have raped all the data out of America and most of Europe with its partner countries everyone and their dog feels obliged to join in ,yet if you hack someone its called abuse of this act or that act and half your life is locked away in a prison or they hire you,which given their trustworthiness might not be a good thing.

posted by Turtle (2016-05-06 01:48:22)
Warwicked avatarignorance is bliss

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