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The FBI Takes a Drastic Step to Fight China’s Hacking Spree

The FBI Takes a Drastic Step to Fight China’s Hacking Spree

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Court documents unsealed this week reveal that the FBI obtained a warrant to copy and delete so-called web shells—essentially a foothold into a system that hackers can use to send remote commands or malware—from hundreds of Hafnium victims. While the operation seems straightforward on a technical level, it establishes a precedent that manages to be at once both controversial and refreshingly restrained. “This is a novel approach,” says April Doss, a former NSA lawyer who currently directs the Institute for Technology Law and Policy at Georgetown Law. “I think we’ll see it used again, but I would hope we see it used again with really careful analysis.”


merlinsbeers

It isn't the copy and delete that's significant. It's the blanket warrant that allows the FBI to access people's property in multiple jurisdictions remotely. The question I have is, since Microsoft knows it can't predict all exploits, why has Microsoft not been writing into its licenses the right to interdict remotely when exploits happen?


Substantial_Plan_752

False-positives are the only answer I have to that question, a little above my technical level beyond that.


derps-a-lot

Likely opens up a whole new set of liabilities, and potentially vulnerabilities as well.


Substantial_Plan_752

Well it’s the age old argument: a door for the government is a door for the malicious actors of the world theoretically speaking, and it’s been proven in concept as well.


merlinsbeers

A door with a shitty lock is no security. Good ones exist, though, and intentionally installing those avoids anyone thinking there's a need for insecure ones.


Substantial_Plan_752

It’s more like installing shitty locks to justify locksmiths.


merlinsbeers

If you install a shitty lock you don't need a locksmith...


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flyingprogrammer

I’d argue that they do a lot of good which goes unnoticed


mcbergstedt

Yeah they do a lot with fighting sex trafficking (with ashton Kutcher of all people) They also do a lot with white collar crime, much like the show White Collar. Although that's harder to stop because rich people are rich.


Substantial_Plan_752

Hey man don’t knock Kutcher, Thorn have rescued 103 children from sex trafficking.


mcbergstedt

Oh no, I'm not bashing him, I just thinks it's funny that Kelso from That 70s Show is now a sex trafficking specialist. It's honestly amazing what he's done with his time and money. If more celebrities were like him the world would be better off


Substantial_Plan_752

Especially when you consider the actor that played Hyde got into deep shit over rape allegations. I suspect that Kutcher maybe knew it was happening and this is his way of giving back?


Alex5899

Having children changes a lot of you. Of course, you'd have to be descend, honorable to yield good change, furthermore positive impact on the world of constant bs. Respect to Kutcher!


cbih

I was really hoping that the drastic step was allowing the hiring of programmers that have/do smoke pot.


Alex5899

It'd help a lot of they have a way of dramatically decrease investigation time; nevertheless, it ought to bring hacking sophistication to the next level.


queenchaos17

Yea I bet....super duper FBI guys are on the case


BlenderdickFlubbercr

Comments are cool but I don't understand a lot XDD