After the recent Linksunten raids, around 180 evidence files remain with the LKA. Two of the persons concerned were dismissed after the incident – presumably because the police contacted their employers.
In August, the Baden-Württemberg State Criminal Police Office struck another blow against the website Indymedia Linksunten and searched the homes of five people in Freiburg. They are said to have put an archive of the internet platform online, thus continuing an association that was banned six years ago.
Now the police have to hand over a confiscated MacBook that the forensic experts could not extract. This is due to the “File Vault” encryption system that Apple uses to secure the hard drives of its laptops, according to the internet portal netzpolitik.org. These are supposed to remain secure even if they are connected to another computer. This is ensured by the “Apple Silicon Chip”, which the company has been building into the devices since 2020. It is also supposed to make it impossible to try out possible passwords on a massive scale.
In the case of MacBooks, the hard drive would also be destroyed during removal. The lawyer of the person concerned used this as an opportunity to demand the return of the laptop: Because the investigative measure demonstrably had no chance of success.
All other 180 items seized during the raid, including further encrypted computers and storage media, are still stored at the police. After the search, the officers are said to have demanded the disclosure of passwords and to have threatened to contact the employers of the persons concerned. Two people were actually dismissed the following day.
Published in German in „nd“.
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