FBI wants easier process to hack suspects’ computers
“The underlying current behind all of this is they’re basically talking about allowing police to break into people’s computers,” said Hanni Fakhoury, staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “That gives me pause.”
At issue is a question more fundamental than whether a judge has jurisdiction to issue a warrant, said Nathan Freed Wessler, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union. “The overarching concern is that it’s unclear whether it is ever allowable under the Fourth Amendment to conduct these kinds of searches, sending out zero-day vulnerabilities over the Internet and weakening Internet security for everybody,” he said, referring to a type of computer software flaw that can be exploited to gain access to someone’s computer.