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SAN FRANCISCO--When agents at the Drug Enforcement Administration learned a suspect was using PGP to encrypt documents, they persuaded a judge to let them sneak into an office complex and install a keystroke logger that recorded the passphrase as it was typed in.

A decade ago, when the search warrant was granted, that kind of black bag job was a rarity. Today, however, law enforcement agents are encountering well-designed encryption products more and more frequently, forcing them to invent better ways to bypass or circumvent the technology.

"Every new agent who goes to the Secret Service academy goes through a week of training" in computer forensics, including how to deal with encrypted files and hard drives, U.S. Secret Service agent Stuart Van Buren said at the RSA computer security conference last week.
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Wow, what can someone say to that, like wow...
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Kaspersky virtual keyboard ftw?

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And how to make sure that the computer is booted up and turned on? Van Buren said that one technique was to make sure the suspect is logged on, perhaps through an Internet chat, and then send an agent dressed as a UPS driver to the door. Then the hapless computer user is arrested and the contents of his devices are seized.
Lmao. Well, good thing I don't ever open the door unless I'm expecting someone.
Edited by Squirrel - 2/24/11 at 11:43pm
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Kaspersky virtual keyboard ftw?



Lmao. Well, good thing I don't ever open the door unless I'm expecting someone.
You think they knocked and politely asked to install the keylogger?
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You think they knocked and politely asked to install the keylogger?
You really didn't read the article, did you? Actually you didn't even read the quote I posted. They dress up as UPS driver to arrest you and ensure that your computer is turned on, not to install a keylogger.

Next time read the article or at least the post before making unqualified remarks.
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That means they are actively spying through the net though, think about it..
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truecryp keyfiles FTW
they can key log all they want.
Edited by spice003 - 2/25/11 at 12:15am
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Look no further than "persuaded".

I simply don't trust the D.E.A. at all. They have far too much control and oversight of things cops should not. This more has to do with them busting a insane amount of doctors, then there patients usually those with cancer will go to another doctor and they see a influx and then go bust that guy so these patients are without medication. Say what you will on that but they are not doctors there cops basically means they go "This looks BIG".

Also all those fermi busts simply ridiculous.

If i was doing something unscrupulous I wouldn't answer the door without locking things down it would be set to some sort of hot key.
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cool beans.
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Fighting crime is big money. It's not like they really give 2 craps you're breaking the law.
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Fighting crime is big money. It's not like they really give 2 craps you're breaking the law.
That's the most accurate statement I have ever seen...

They have taken it to a new level though, reminds me of my history class on the FBI's spying techniques...

I guess homeland security changes the rules significantly...

I mean why not make a few bucks on some anonymous losers eh? They broke the law make them pay! It appears to me it's no longer about justice, but more about abducting funds & property from said criminal, I guess this is why the poor have to wait for the police to show up 20 minutes later... (A little late no?)
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