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Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Divison Subpoenas Twitter for Data Breach Finder’s Account

Homeland Security wants to shoot the messenger instead of fixing the real problems. The agency has served Twitter with a subpoena, demanding the account information of a data breach finder, credited with finding several large caches of exposed and leaking data.

Last year, the Twitter user found a trove of almost a million patients’ data leaking from a medical telemarketing firm. A recent find included an exposed cache of law enforcement data by ALERRT, a Texas State University-based organization, which trains police and civilians against active shooters. The database, secured in March but reported last week, revealed that several police departments were under-resourced and unable to respond to active shooter situations.

Homeland Security’s export control agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), served the subpoena to Twitter on April 24, demanding information about the data breach finder’s account.

ICE has faced calls for it to shut down amid bipartisan pressure — and complaints from within the agency — over the recent incarcerations of child migrants and lawful asylum seekers.

You can read more in an article by Zack Whittaker in the ZDNet web site at:

Homeland Security’s ICE division should be contacting the person who found and reported the security problems. He deserves a medal or a commendation or something similar for his public service efforts at pointing out security issues. Somehow, I doubt if that is ICE’s intent…

Categories: Legal Affairs

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