The Federal Bureau of Investigation has beeg granted a terrifying new power that could represent the most massive overreach of their power since the days of J. Edgar Hoover. GovExec.com has reported that the FBI apparently has the authority now according to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, to access private computers without the owners’ consent or knowledge and delete software.
“The software the FBI is deleting is malicious code installed by hackers to take control of a victim’s computer. Hackers have used the code to access vast amounts of private email messages and to launch ransomware attacks. The authority the Justice Department relied on and the way the FBI carried out the operation set important precedents. They also raise questions about the power of courts to regulate cybersecurity without the consent of the owners of the targeted computers.”
Where Does the Overreach Stop?
Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America:The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.