Operation Wire Wire is an aggressive move against federal computer crimes

This week, the Department of Justice announced in a press release that an international law enforcement operation, Operation Wire Wire, resulted in the arrest of 74 individuals, including 42 people in the United States. The government is accusing these people of committing “cyber-enabled fraud” by sending misleading emails to businesses and individuals that trick them…

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Some computer searches may be unconstitutional

In today’s electronic world, law enforcement officials investigating crimes often seek warrants to search and seize electronic devices that they believe contain incriminating evidence. However, people also store highly personal information on their electronic devices, from memories to entire conversations. Most of this electronically stored information is often irrelevant to the crimes being investigated, but…

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Arrests Made in “The Farmers Market” TOR Online Drug Investigation

This week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles announced eight arrests spanning three continents stemming from a large-scale online drug trafficking conspiracy. According to the Department of Justice, the eight men used anonymizing software to disguise their identities and involvement in an online marketplace selling and distributing various types of illegal drugs to thousands…

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FBI Infiltrates Hacktivist Groups, 5 Charged in Hacking Conspiracy

On Tuesday, the FBI announced the arrest and indictment of 5 members of the “hacktivist” collective Anonymous and related groups on charges of computer hacking conspiracy and other counts stemming from the groups’ online campaign of online security breaches, vandalism, and theft. Additionally, the August 2011 indictment and guilty plea of Hector Xavier Monsegur—a prominent…

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Copyright Infringement Cases on the Rise in Federal Court

Recently, the U.S. government seized and shut down the website megaupload.com, which it accused of illegally distributing copyrighted materials to users all over the world. On the same day, authorities in New Zealand arrested the site’s founder and 3 others involved with the site. According to the Department of Justice, Megaupload was an “international organized…

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