Federal Bureau of Nosenheimers


— 12:33 AM on November 1, 2000

In case you somehow missed it, you must read this account of how the FBI confiscated a student's computers because he happened to look around at the NY Yankees' web site after it had been defaced. I'm all for enforcing the law within reason, but his PC is probably going to sit in a back room at an FBI lab because the Bureau lacks the resources (scroll down to the "There go the computers.." subhead) to do the forensics analysis on his equipment. Taking the guy's Pee Cees and keeping them until they're practically museum pieces is bad, but considering an HTTP request and some DNS queries "probable cause" enough to do it is just plain theft. (And no wonder they're backlogged.)

 
   
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