Skip to comments.Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords
Posted on 07/25/2013 9:23:35 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey
The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users' stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques that has not previously been disclosed.
If the government is able to determine a person's password, which is typically stored in encrypted form, the credential could be used to log in to an account to peruse confidential correspondence or even impersonate the user. Obtaining it also would aid in deciphering encrypted devices in situations where passwords are reused.
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if they can do this there’s no way to prove what’s in your account was created by you.
they can set you up for any crime they want and then storm your house gestapo swat style.
Twould appear to be the case YES!
whos running THAT SHOW anyway?
Bloggers tell Web firms to turn over WH & Feds` user account passwords
Just the fact that this is now public means defense attorneys will use this to raise reasonable doubt.
Technically complex cases are already hard to prosecute and this makes it harder.
Already there have been cases where prosecutors failed to convict because there was a trojan contained in the image of the hard disks entered as evidence. The operator of the trojan could easily have been responsible for data on the disk.
Well, I guess that pretty much does it for the Fourth Amendment.
What’s next? The Blue dress? Underwear for DNA evidence?
Yap, privacy rights are now history.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated....
"Effects" must be read, in conjunction with "papers",as to include electronic devices. Without a warrant, it is illegal to demand passwords. None but a bought and paid for judge would sign such a warrant, but I reckon there are quite a few just in DC that would do so without as much as a second thought. Anything to advance King Zero's destruction of America.
The Constitution is now interpreted by Leftists as a document that only allows the people what is specifically written (subject to interpretation by Leftist judges) and the government is only restricted by what they can't reinterpret from the document.
remember that trayvon’s texts couldn’t be entered as evidence because the judge could not be sure he was the one that typed and sent them, on his own phone.
If they want a blood, urine and stool sample I’ll send them my shorts!
I’ll be shutting down everything except FR.
And the justification for this is...
Not that it makes any difference.
Pay phones and postal mail are starting to look good again.
Another good reason to scrub-and-reinstall...
I should look into virtual machines more.
Do you think the Republicans would put a stop to this invasion of our freedoms? Boehner, get off the cocktail circuit and get our freedom back!
I expect the republicans to assist the white house as they always do.
Those who value their freedom are going to have to get it back on their own, we have no friends in this.
Pretty much blows the concept of nonrepudiation.
Wouldn't this allow someone accused by the government of a computer crime to plausibly claim "It wasn't me"?
I've been thinking the same thing since this (non-phony) scandal first broke.
If the USPS were smart, they could build an awesome advertising campaign around this.