The judge in charge of the SBF fraud case needs assistance understanding encrypted messaging, privacy apps, and virtual private networks. Lawyers representing Sam Bankman-Fried, the former CEO of FTX, have agreed to pay for a security expert to help a federal judge understand modern encryption technology.
Firstly, The expert will assist in possibly changing Bankman-Fried’s bail conditions in his fraud case. Christian Everdell and Mark Cohen, representing Sam Bankman-Fried, sent a letter to Judge Lewis Kaplan on Feb 21, agreeing to his suggestion of having a technical expert assist him.
As per Eleanor Terrett’s tweet, Bankman-Fried’s lawyers are looking for experts to help the judge with technical matters. They expect to propose one or more potential candidates by the end of the week.
During a bail hearing last week, Judge Kaplan recommended seeking technical help after discovering that Bankman-Fried had been using a VPN to access the internet. The judge had already tightened Bankman-Fried’s bail terms.
A VPN encrypts a user’s online activity to ensure privacy and security. Additionally, it allows users to alter their IP address and bypass content restrictions in heavily regulated countries.
Judge Limits Bankman-Fried’s Use Of VPN And Encrypted Messaging Apps On Bail
The judge wants to make sure SBF can prepare for his trial. Moreover, they also want to ensure he’s using messaging apps and privacy software sparingly. So, for now, the judge has said Bankman-Fried couldn’t use things like a VPN or encrypted messaging apps until they decide on his bail conditions.
The technical expert will help the judge understand private messages, messaging apps focusing on privacy, and VPNs. Bankman-Fried and his lawyers say he only used the VPN two times, once to watch the NFL playoffs on Jan. 29 and another time to watch the Super Bowl on Feb. 12
The people accusing SBF of a crime want him to have strict internet use rules. They’re worried he might use a VPN to get around some websites. The rules about not letting people in the United States use them could cause problems.
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