Bitcoiners who use Tor be warned! An obscure change to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure will automatically take effect on December 1 unless Congress blocks it.
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No Warrant Required
A revised Rule 41 would allow the FBI to use a single warrant to hack an indefinite number of computers anywhere in the world. To hack a computer today, the FBI requires a warrant issued by a court with jurisdiction over the location of the targeted machine. After December 1, the FBI can quietly get a warrant from any federal judge and hack not merely a single computer but all computers connected to it…and so on and so on.
In theory, a single warrant issued anywhere in America would allow the FBI to control millions of computers on a botnet whether or not they were located in the United States.
Tor and its equivalents are a prime target, as evidenced by the recent shut-down of KickassTorrents and the arrest of its owner Artem Vaulin. (Although the arrest occurred in the Ukraine, it was driven by a complaint filed in the District Court in Chicago, and Vaulin