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1. No Safe Haven Aug 1, 2012, 18:56 jdreyer
It's a good story, but the best part comes at the end:

That's why it's worth casting a skeptical eye on regular claims that investigators need new powers. The FBI, for instance, has long claimed that strong encryption means that the bad guys are "going dark" and can't be surveilled anymore. But neither encrypted machine in the Dave & Buster's case ultimately stopped the government for long. Cops have also complained about encrypted chat channels like Skype, but US wiretap reports routinely show that crypto doesn't stymie wiretap warrants (though investigators may simply not apply for warrants on encrypted communications that lack a back door or central server). Laws like SOPA are said to be necessary because it's simply too hard to reach people operating online from other jurisdictions, though cases like Megaupload show that it's possible in many cases where the government wants someone badly enough.
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