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Hansen deployed his NIT a few weeks after those changes, according to the court records.Ahmed Ghappour, associate professor of law at Boston University, who has studied the legal issues around NITs and in particular their geopolitical ramifications, previously told Motherboard that hacking suspects who use Tor is "like playing Russian Roulette with cross-border cyber operations," primarily because investigators ultimately don't know where the NIT is going to end up, outside the United States or otherwise.And law enforcement NITs have failed in the past. When trying to unmask Buster Hernandez, a particularly egregious child abuser targeting people on Facebook, the FBI tried, and failed, to unmask him with a NIT. But as Motherboard revealed last month, Facebook's own security team then purchased a much more effective piece of malware and provided it to the FBI, which successfully deployed it against Hernandez.The Seattle Police Department did not respond to a request for comment. The Department of Homeland Security, of which the Secret Service is a part, also did not respond.Subscribe to our cybersecurity podcast, CYBER.
"DEPLOYMENT OF NIT UNSUCCESSFUL; NO EVIDENCE SEIZED."