Hackers should beware bogus UPS couriers bearing handcuffs…

Graham Cluley

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Alexander J Martin of The Register describes the arrest of British student Lauri Love, who allegedly hacked the FBI and NSA, and is wanted for extradition by the United States:

Lauri Love was arrested on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 early in the evening of 25 October 2013, when a National Crime Agency officer wearing dungarees and posing as a UPS courier told Love’s mother that Lauri himself had to come to the porch to collect his delivery.

In his dressing gown and pyjamas, Love confirmed his identity and was then informed of the ruse and handcuffed. Over the next five hours a total of 14 NCA officers attended the property wearing agency-branded windbreakers, which were easy visible to the neighbours.

Six of these officers had been tasked with searching for digital media which are alleged to contain evidence that the 28-year-old had criminally accessed private sector, military and government computer systems in the United States.

The agency believed their courier ruse had been necessary because, they claimed, intelligence had suggested that Love’s computer equipment could be encrypted “at the press of a button” which, if activated, would “frustrate the object of the search,” though even with this successfully executed approach the officers still collected encrypted devices.

Quite what UPS thinks of its brand being used by the police in this way is unclear…

Last month, the National Crime Agency (NCA) failed in its court attempt to force Love into disclose his passwords, and decrypt seized computers. The extradition proceedings, however, are ongoing.

Graham Cluley Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

3 Replies to “Hackers should beware bogus UPS couriers bearing handcuffs…”

  1. Offer life in prison with no access to computers, cell phone or any electronic device or 10 years and possibly no extradition if he gives up the encryption keys to his devices. If he refuses, then make it life, no parole and solitary confinement in a rf proof cell.

    1. Ralph Spooner – You are ignorant! The NCA have not brought charges against him nor can find any evidence whatsoever to even charge him with minor offences. Why should he give up encryption on his personal equipment that holds deeply personal information and no business of anyone else? Might I suggest you wind your neck in and obtain facts before making unhelpful and stupid comments.

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