Hello my lads, I wanted to make my first post on this new beautiful site with something very important, and crucial to hackers safety.
As we all know, hackers safety is solely based upon their anonymity, without it all of them would be in jail. (At black-hat hackers)
Soon the anonymity as we know it today will cease to exist because our good friends at the Federal Bureau of Investigation just doesn't seem to know the line between misuse of power, and reasonable resources. FBI already have an excellent amount of resources at their disposal let alone authority to get the necessary means into action. I for one cannot see why they need to take it even further.
Rule 41 is something the FBI is eagerly trying to make official, and right now they are one centimeter away, from doing just that, and let me tell you why you should be concerned about this.
Rule 41 Will Change the Concept of Anonymity?
If this becomes official, FBI will be able to get a search warrant to seize, search, infiltrate and hack any computer without knowing it's location. You read that right.. In order for them to take this type of action, all you need to have 'done', is use any type of anonymity software or tool of any kind. This includes literally everything:
- SSH Tunnels
Literally anything that can disguise your real location and or IP address. Now, because of that single statement prior till this sentence, that includes a lot more than you might think. A lot of social media platforms offer their own way of 'disguising' your location. Twitter for example gives you the ability to change your timezone and country, which means you've given the FBI legal right to seize, search, infiltrate and hack your computer even though you haven't done anything illegal.
Here's where it gets interesting
This ALSO includes botnets.If you've been apart of a botnet, even without your consent, you have just given the FBI legal right to seize, search infiltrate, and hack your computer. This in particular should be a valid reason to decline such request from FBI since the many victims of these vicious botnets aren't aware of what they have 'been apart of' and yet have to suffer the consequences of other criminals actions.
Any judge will have the authority to provide this search warrant to the FBI in any country worldwide. Oh wait you thought this only applied to countries within the USA? You're wrong, this will apply to everybody, so if you're living in Australia or Europe etc, you should take action towards this dilemma, because it can become reality very soon.
The Supreme Court have passed this proposal onto The Congress, and they have until December 1st to disavow this new rule, otherwise it becomes legal.