Jul 082015
 
 July 8, 2015  Court, Online, Surveillance, U.S.

Nate Raymond reports:

A Federal Bureau of Investigation search warrant has provided a rare glimpse into the increasingly complex efforts of U.S. law enforcement to combat child pornography online, leading to the seizure this year of a website with nearly 215,000 users.

The search warrant, unsealed on Monday in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, showed that the FBI seized the website’s North Carolina server on Feb. 20 but allowed it to remain operating for about two weeks while authorities investigated its users.

Interestingly, they not only had a warrant, but permission to use some offensive hacking, it seems:

Before shutting down “Website A,” as court documents call it, on March 4, the FBI obtained a search warrant from a judge in Virginia that authorized it to use a technique that would cause a computer to send it data anytime a user logged on.

Read more on Reuters.

 

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