On Dec 1st, the FBI will put all of us under electronic surveillance
All of Reddit is now discussing this...
The FBI has successfully power grabbed by rule change. The new rules state:
Rule 41. Search and Seizure
(b) Venue for a Warrant Application. At the request of a federal law enforcement officer or an attorney for the government:
(6) a magistrate judge with authority in any district where activities related to a crime may have occurred has authority to issue a warrant to use remote access to search electronic storage media and to seize or copy electronically stored information located within or outside that district if:
(A) the district where the media or information is located has been concealed through technological means; or>
(B) in an investigation of a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(5), the media are protected computers that have been damaged without authorization and are located in five or more districts.
These rules ignore jurisdiction, and anyone who uses Bitcoin and or Tor is now potentially a suspect. Any computer anywhere in the world can be put under electronic surveillance and monitored. It doesn't seem to matter whether or not an American citizen is behind that computer.
The Supreme Court has ruled this rule change constitutional.
We may be witnessing the beginning of the crypto crackdown. The NSA hack certainly didn't help. The EU is also contemplating putting together a central database of cryptocurrency users. As crpyto-currency becomes truly anonymous with technologies like Zcash, I expect the crackdown to become much more dramatic, more extreme, more intrusive, and i expect it to be permanent surveillance on cryptocurrency users.
What do you all think? Am I being paranoid here?