- Jul 27, 2015
In the past week a number of major media outlets have been running stories of law enforcement agencies purchasing illicit breach data, presumably for use in investigations. These stories track back to a report in Vice’s Motherboard magazine that names a firm called SpyCloud, which openly advertises collected breach data to these agencies.
SpyCloud has verified that it has (unspecified) law enforcement clients, and mention of the company in several press releases and interviews indicates that the Department of Justice has used it in at least one investigation. The SpyCloud data story raises the specter of an “end run” around due legal process by these agencies, but also raises many more questions about what is actually happening than are answered.
Law enforcement agencies purchasing illicit breach data from SpyCloud, presumably for use in investigations, raising questions of due legal process by these agencies.