Judges OK Evidence From Hacker Vigilante
from the fine-lines dept
An appeals court has ruled that the government can use evidence in a child porn case that was found by a vigilante hacker. The question was whether or not it was illegal search and seizure, and the appeals court panel ruled it wasn't (overturning a lower court). The court ruled that this wasn't illegal search and seizure because the search was done without prompting from the federal government, and they only found out about it afterwards. Of course, this is a fine line. Since you can now go to jail for life for malicious hacking, can the feds now turn around and charge the hacker? Or maybe he'll just get arrested by local authorities and the FBI hangs him out to dry.