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NY Times: Wrinkle in Mitnick Case Hints at Encryption Battles to Come

Jan 28, 2000, 23:19 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carl S. Kaplan)

"A little-known legal skirmish in the case of the computer hacker Kevin Mitnick was a preview of similar fights to come as more people use encryption software to protect their files, lawyers who were involved in the case say."

"Mitnick left federal prison last week after serving nearly five years for a series of crimes involving computer fraud and wire fraud. But his lawyers say they are still troubled by the judge's answer to a legal question raised early in the case: When federal agents seize encrypted files from a defendant, can they refuse to return them unless the defendant turns over the secret "key" to decode the files?..."

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