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DEA key logger used to eavesdrop in real time on alleged drug manufacturers

I've posted excerpts from the DEA PDFs at the link below and could post 
the PDFs themselves if there's sufficient interest. Previous Politech 
message, from way back in December 2000:
http://www.politechbot.com/p-01545.html

-Declan

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http://news.com.com/8301-10784_3-9741357-7.html

Feds use key logger to thwart PGP, Hushmail
July 10, 2007 4:45 AM PDT

A recent court case provides a rare glimpse into how some federal agents 
deal with encryption: by breaking into a suspect's home or office, 
implanting keystroke-logging software, and spying on what happens from afar.

An agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration persuaded a federal 
judge to authorize him to sneak into an Escondido, Calif., office 
believed to be a front for manufacturing the drug MDMA, or Ecstasy. The 
DEA received permission to copy the hard drives' contents and inject a 
keystroke logger into the computers.

That was necessary, according to DEA Agent Greg Coffey, because the 
suspects were using PGP and the encrypted Web e-mail service 
Hushmail.com. Coffey asserted that the DEA needed "real-time and 
meaningful access" to "monitor the keystrokes" for PGP and Hushmail 
passphrases.

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Posted by Declan McCullagh on Jul 11, 2007 in category privacy


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