A witness in the Silk Road takedown case believes that the FBI is not telling the whole truth when it comes to how they found the back-end server.
Joshua Horowitz said that his “practice is concentrated on criminal defense matters that require expertise in technology and computer software” and former Special Agent Tarbell’s explanation of how the FBI discovered the server’s IP address is “implausible”.
In the document hosted by Techcrunch, Horowitz said that Tarbell’s explanation is vague and lacks supporting documentary and forensic evidence that should exist if former Special Agent Tarbell had adhered to the most rudimentary standards of computer forensic analysis.
In short, Horowitz believes that the FBI could not have accessed the server remotely because it was separated from the front end a firewall that refused external connections. In other words, the front end was easily visible but the back end would have been impossible to access from the outside world. It is, to be fair, a convincing argument.
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