Recently, British law enforcement agencies have come up with a high profile case, involving a British hacker Lauri Love aka Love. The hacker is accused of hacking various U.S. government systems from 2012 to 2013. The victimized departments include Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and NASA as well. However, activists are enthusiastically supporting Love, stating that the case has intense implications of well known journalists and activists.
The major twist in the story arises when US Department of Justice demanded deportation of Love to US. Even more, US authorities claim that Love along with his group breached countless US networks, causing massive damage of over millions of dollars. However, Love has been battling the US deportation demand in British courts, stating that he should be trialed under British jurisdictions. Being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, Love’s attorney claims that he won’t get a fair trial in US.
The US authorities might sentence Love to over 99 years in prison. However, Love’s case has taken a new dimension due to the ongoing debate about Encryptions and government’s access to protected data.
Love was arrested in 2013 by UK’s equivalent of FBI i.e. NCA (National Crime Agency). The arrest lead to seizure of computers and hard drives in Love’s possession. Under Section 49 of UK’s controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, Love needs to hand over the passwords for encrypted documents. However, Love has declined the demand. On the other hand, Love has sued NCA with the demand to return back the seized computers and hard drives. Yet, his efforts are put down by NCA doubling and revising its demand for Love to handover the encryption keys. Agencies have asked to provide encryption keys to decrypt the confidential data found in his Samsung Laptop, Two Hard-drives and a memory card.