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Cybercrime Review has been recognized by Avvo as one of the Top 150 Legal Blogs and was selected in 2012 for permanent archiving by the Library of Congress. The blog has attracted a diverse audience (with visits from over 180 countries) and is approaching 220,000 pageviews since its inception. Cybercrime Review’s posts have been [...]

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Federal court addresses applicability of Wiretap Act to wireless network packet sniffing, holds data is “publicly available”

An Illinois federal district court recently analyzed the Wiretap Act as it applies to packet sniffing and held that “the interception of communications sent over unencrypted Wi-Fi networks” does not violate the statute. In re Innovatio IP Ventures, LLC Patent Litigation, No. 11 C 9308 (N.D. Ill. 2012). The plaintiff, [...]

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Rhode Island court finds expectation of privacy in text messages, orders suppression for nearly all of state’s evidence

In State v. Patino, P1-10-1155A (R.I. Super. Ct. 2012), the court ordered suppression of text messages sent by the defendant on a cell phone belonging to another person. The defendant had standing to challenge the search which, according to the court, was conducted in violation of the Fourth Amendment and not saved by any exception. The [...]

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Federal court holds police exceed scope of warrant by intentionally searching for child porn during ID theft case

In United States v. Schlingloff, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157272 (C.D. Ill. Oct. 24, 2012), Judge Shadid held that use of Forensic Toolkit’s (FTK) Known File Filter (KFF) to alert on child pornography files was outside the scope of a warrant issued to look for evidence of identity theft. The defendant in this case lived at […]

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