May 192010
 May 19, 2010  Posted by  Court, Surveillance, U.S.

Susan Brenner discusses an aspect of the search warrant and inspection of computer belonging to David C. Kernell, the young man who was subsequently convicted of hacking into Sarah Palin’s e-mail account:

A recent decision from a federal district court addresses an issue I hadn’t seen before: whether searching malware on the suspect’s computer was outside the scope of the search warrant issued for that computer. It seems a narrow issue, and unfortunately the opinion issued in the case doesn’t tell us a whole lot about what happened; but I thought the issue was worth writing about, if only to note that it arose.

Read excerpts from the court record and her commentary on Cyb3rcrim3.

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