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The FBI is breaking into corporate computers

May 5, 2021

Using the excuse that the government needs to protect corporations from malware attacks, the FBI has been breaking into private corporate computers. Here is more:

The FBI has the authority right now to access privately owned computers without their owners’ knowledge or consent, and to delete software. It’s part of a government effort to contain the continuing attacks on corporate networks running Microsoft Exchange software, and it’s an unprecedented intrusion that’s raising legal questions about just how far the government can go.

And unfortunately it was a court decision in Texas which has granted the FBI this permission:

On April 9, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas approved a search warrant allowing the U.S. Department of Justice to carry out the operation.

Here is a some more detail about this covert operation:

The FBI is accessing hundreds of these mail servers in corporate networks. The search warrant allows the FBI to access the web shells, enter the previously discovered password for a web shell, make a copy for evidence, and then delete the web shell. The FBI, though, was not authorized to remove any other malware that hackers might have installed during the breach or otherwise access the contents of the servers.

What makes this case unique is both the scope of the FBI’s actions to remove the web shells and the unprecedented intrusion into privately owned computers without the owners’ consent. The FBI undertook the operation without consent because of the large number of unprotected systems throughout U.S. networks and the urgency of the threat.

The FBI can sneak into a corporation’s computer without the owner’s permission, poke around in there, delete certain files, and leave without leaving a trace. It does not take a genius to figure out what is wrong with this, nor does it take much imagination to understand this is ripe for abuse by the politicalized FBI.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Bruce Booher permalink
    May 5, 2021 7:54 pm

    Who wouldn’t want the government to help rid the world of ” the continuing attacks on corporate networks”? Who wouldn’t want everyone to be safe from the Vid? Who wouldn’t want everyone to be well fed and housed? BUT AT WHAT COST?
    As you say Steve, it doesn’t “take much imagination to understand this is ripe for abuse by the politicalized FBI.”
    Just imagine what would happen with a headline saying ‘Trumps FBI has the power to secretly get into private computers’? But dumb old Joe? Who cares?

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  2. May 5, 2021 10:11 pm

    From Salon no less…. no surprise and surprise it started in a Texas court. Good find Steve.. haven’t seen it before…

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  3. the unit permalink
    May 5, 2021 11:08 pm

    He, or appropriate P.C. pronoun knows when you’ve been good or bad, or whatever it is approved to be whatever the pronoun wants it to be.

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  4. nrringlee permalink
    May 6, 2021 9:14 am

    The FBI’s duty, and the duty of all government agencies at all levels to ‘defend’ you from malware threats stops at your network gateway. I speak from some position of authority on this with a grad degree in Computer Science and 12 years service after my military career as a network admin for a hospital management group. While working I got a flood of advisories from various sources regarding threats of all types. Those advisories gave us basic diagnostics, behavior warnings, and links to tools and papers on the threat. That is how to address this. The FBI approach is like having the local fire department break your front door of the hinges at any time to just make sure your dryer is not on fire. If they have reasonable cause to believe that your network is infected or invaded they notify you, offer you tools to resolve the virus or breach and then initiate criminal action if appropriate. They do not ‘fix’ your network for you without your knowledge. Allowing this level of access is an invitation to malfeasance.


  5. Zip-a-Dee permalink
    May 6, 2021 10:13 am

    CodeMonkeyZ has a ‘take’ on this inline w/ MS “Election Guard” – guarding that no one but “them” the ‘top corrupt’ run the show. He also tags it w/ the Gates divorce – if you click on ‘Content’ to the right bottom of the link, and get more of his posts “Was Microsoft’s Election Guard used to FORTIFY the election?”


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