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Visit the Wrong Website, and the FBI Could End Up in Your Computer

Security experts call it a “drive-by download”: a hacker infiltrates a high-traffic website and then subverts it to deliver malware to every single visitor. It’s one of the most powerful tools in the black hat arsenal, capable of delivering thousands of fresh victims into a hackers’ clutches within minutes.

Now the technique is being adopted by a different kind of a hacker—the kind with a badge. For the last two years, the FBI has been quietly experimenting with drive-by hacks as a solution to one of law enforcement’s knottiest Internet problems: how to identify and prosecute users of criminal websites hiding behind the powerful Tor anonymity system.

http://www.wired.com/2014/08/operation_torpedo/

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So "Liberty Sites" could be a trap-door into the FBI?

I mean if they can hack whatever url they please, it would make sense for the FBI to target "liberty minded" sites and sites where liberty activists frequent, right?

Scary.

upsidedown world

hacking is illegal - unless you have a badge (!)

counterfeiting is illegal - unless you are the federal reserve (!)

stealing is illegal - unless you are the IRS (!)

...and on and on and on...

it's stuff like this keeps Bastiat spinning in his grave.

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

It's stuff like this that eventually spark revolutions.

When the lines are blurred between criminals and goverment, people decide to serve justice upon the criminal government.

Notice I said "when" and not "if."

It is inevitable that ALL and ANY government WILL eventually become an ongoing criminal enterprise. There are a host of reasons for this, but it is primarily because you cannot long allow a monopoly on the use of force and not eventually have those exercising it decide to use that grant of power for criminal ends. It is the nature of the beast, so to speak.

yes, indeed...

yes, indeed...

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

Did you notice?

Did anyone else notice the rationale used to argue that the agents did not violate the 4th amendment?

But last week U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Thalken rejected the defense motion, and any implication that the government acted in bad faith. “The affidavits and warrants were not prepared by some rogue federal agent,” Thalken wrote, “but with the assistance of legal counsel at various levels of the Department of Justice.” The matter will next be considered by U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon for a final ruling.

That's right, with the assistance of legal counsel at various levels of the DOJ.

Intent to violate the 4th is irrelevant so far as deciding IF it

was in fact violated.

The only reason to consider intent is in determining the severity of the punishment for the violation.

Motive for killing doesn't determine if another took another's life. If one man kills another "in good faith" that doesn't mean the victim is still alive.

At the very least, that judge is incompetent to sit on the bench. Personally, I think he belongs in prison for treason -giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

What could possibly ever in

What could possibly ever in one million years go wrong with such a well-intentioned program?