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F.B.I. Gained Unauthorized Access to E-Mail

18.02.2008 - News from The New York Times

WASHINGTON ‚?? A technical glitch gave the F.B.I. access to the e-mail messages from an entire computer network ‚?? perhaps hundreds of accounts or more ‚?? instead of simply the lone e-mail address that was approved by a secret intelligence court as part of a national security investigation, according to an internal report of the 2006 episode.

F.B.I. officials blamed an ‚??apparent miscommunication‚?Ě with the unnamed Internet provider, which mistakenly turned over all the e-mail from a small e-mail domain for which it served as host. The records were ultimately destroyed, officials said.

Bureau officials noticed a ‚??surge‚?Ě in the e-mail activity they were monitoring and realized that the provider had mistakenly set its filtering equipment to trap far more data than a judge had actually authorized.



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