The Feds Will Soon Be Able to Legally Hack Almost Anyone
Senator Ron Wyden, Matt Blaze and Susan Landau
That’s why it’s so concerning that the Justice Department is planning
a vast expansion of government hacking. Under a new set of rules, the
FBI would have the authority to secretly use malware to hack into
thousands or hundreds of thousands of computers that belong to
innocent third parties and even crime victims. The unintended
consequences could be staggering.
The new plan to drastically expand the government’s hacking and
surveillance authorities is known formally as amendments to Rule 41 of
the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the proposal would allow
the government to hack a million computers or more with a single
warrant. If Congress doesn’t pass legislation blocking this proposal,
the new rules go into effect on December 1. With just six work weeks
remaining on the Senate schedule and a long Congressional to-do list,
time is running out.
One possible slippery slope analysis not seen elsewhere...