Friday, April 18, 2014
 

FOI Request

Techniques for reading encrypted disks

Requested by aaronsw on Feb. 28, 2011 for the United States Secret Service of United States of America

Status: Withdrawn


From Aaron Swartz on Feb. 28, 2011:

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

- Any records on the procedures the Secret Service uses for reading encrypted hard disks

- Any records about Max Ray Butler (aka "Max Vision")

In particular, in his book _Kingpin_ Kevin Poulsen writes that the Secret Service worked with Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) to retrieve encryption keys from RAM in the case of U.S. v. Max Ray Butler. (p. 220) Please include any records about this case, including any communications with CERT or after-action reports.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Aaron Swartz
Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
Daytime: (617) 299-1832
For mailed responses, please address:
MuckRock
185 Beacon St. #3
Somerville, MA 02143

 
From United States Secret Service on April 11, 2011:

Initial Response, Privacy Waiver Required
Initial Response, Privacy Waiver Required
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An initial response from the United States Secret Service, stating that a privacy waiver is required to complete part of the request.
 
From Aaron Swartz on April 19, 2011:

First, thank you for processing my request with File Number 20110154 (records related to procedures for reading encrypted hard drives).

In response to your comments on File Number 20110155 (records about Max Ray Butler): 6 CFR 5 Subpart B refers to requests made under the Privacy Act. My request was instead made under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 USC 552, which provides access to any records and does not require authorization from the person whose records are being requested. Your agency may, of course, redact private personal information before release in accordance with 552(b), but the fact that information about a person is requested is not grounds for rejecting the request under FOIA.

 
From MuckRock to United States Secret Service on Sept. 24, 2012:

I wanted to follow up on the following request. No response was ever received after a clarification s submitted.

 
From MuckRock.com to United States Secret Service on Oct. 24, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

 
From MuckRock.com to United States Secret Service on Nov. 23, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

 
From MuckRock.com to United States Secret Service on Jan. 15, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

 
From MuckRock.com to United States Secret Service on Feb. 14, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

 
From MuckRock.com to United States Secret Service on April 4, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

 
From MuckRock.com to United States Secret Service on May 15, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

 
From MuckRock.com to United States Secret Service on June 14, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

 
From MuckRock.com to United States Secret Service on July 14, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Requests Muckrock to Aaron Swartz on July 16, 2013:

United States Secret Service
United States Secret Service
Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts Branch
245 Murray Drive, Building 410
Washington, D.C. 20223
FOIA Officer/Requester Service Center Contact: Latita Payne

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On June 14, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On May 15, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On April 4, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Feb. 14, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Jan. 15, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Nov. 23, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Oct. 24, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Sept. 24, 2012:

I wanted to follow up on the following request. No response was ever
received after a clarification s submitted.

---

On April 19, 2011:

First, thank you for processing my request with File Number 20110154
(records related to procedures for reading encrypted hard drives).

In response to your comments on File Number 20110155 (records about Max Ray
Butler): 6 CFR 5 Subpart B refers to requests made under the Privacy Act.
My request was instead made under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 USC
552, which provides access to any records and does not require
authorization from the person whose records are being requested. Your
agency may, of course, redact private personal information before release
in accordance with 552(b), but the fact that information about a person is
requested is not grounds for rejecting the request under FOIA.

---

On April 11, 2011:

---

On Feb. 28, 2011:

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request
the following records:

- Any records on the procedures the Secret Service uses for reading
encrypted hard disks

- Any records about Max Ray Butler (aka "Max Vision")

In particular, in his book _Kingpin_ Kevin Poulsen writes that the Secret
Service worked with Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Emergency
Response Team (CERT) to retrieve encryption keys from RAM in the case of
U.S. v. Max Ray Butler. (p. 220) Please include any records about this
case, including any communications with CERT or after-action reports.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this
request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made
available to the general public free of charge as part of the public
information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the
news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for
commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would
inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would
prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available
or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I
look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business
days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Aaron Swartz
Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
Daytime: (617) 299-1832
For mailed responses, please address:
MuckRock
185 Beacon St. #3
Somerville, MA 02143

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 452
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might
be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

 
From MuckRock.com to United States Secret Service on Aug. 15, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Requests Muckrock to Aaron Swartz on Aug. 15, 2013:

United States Secret Service
United States Secret Service
Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts Branch
245 Murray Drive, Building 410
Washington, D.C. 20223
FOIA Officer/Requester Service Center Contact: Latita Payne

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On July 16, 2013:

United States Secret Service
United States Secret Service
Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts Branch
245 Murray Drive, Building 410
Washington, D.C. 20223
FOIA Officer/Requester Service Center Contact: Latita Payne

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On June 14, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On May 15, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On April 4, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Feb. 14, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Jan. 15, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Nov. 23, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Oct. 24, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Sept. 24, 2012:

I wanted to follow up on the following request. No response was ever
received after a clarification s submitted.

---

On April 19, 2011:

First, thank you for processing my request with File Number 20110154
(records related to procedures for reading encrypted hard drives).

In response to your comments on File Number 20110155 (records about Max Ray
Butler): 6 CFR 5 Subpart B refers to requests made under the Privacy Act.
My request was instead made under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 USC
552, which provides access to any records and does not require
authorization from the person whose records are being requested. Your
agency may, of course, redact private personal information before release
in accordance with 552(b), but the fact that information about a person is
requested is not grounds for rejecting the request under FOIA.

---

On April 11, 2011:

---

On Feb. 28, 2011:

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request
the following records:

- Any records on the procedures the Secret Service uses for reading
encrypted hard disks

- Any records about Max Ray Butler (aka "Max Vision")

In particular, in his book _Kingpin_ Kevin Poulsen writes that the Secret
Service worked with Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Emergency
Response Team (CERT) to retrieve encryption keys from RAM in the case of
U.S. v. Max Ray Butler. (p. 220) Please include any records about this
case, including any communications with CERT or after-action reports.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this
request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made
available to the general public free of charge as part of the public
information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the
news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for
commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would
inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would
prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available
or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I
look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business
days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Aaron Swartz
Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
Daytime: (617) 299-1832
For mailed responses, please address:
MuckRock
185 Beacon St. #3
Somerville, MA 02143

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 452
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might
be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

---

On July 14, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On June 14, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On May 15, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On April 4, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Feb. 14, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Jan. 15, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Nov. 23, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Oct. 24, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Sept. 24, 2012:

I wanted to follow up on the following request. No response was ever
received after a clarification s submitted.

---

On April 19, 2011:

First, thank you for processing my request with File Number 20110154
(records related to procedures for reading encrypted hard drives).

In response to your comments on File Number 20110155 (records about Max Ray
Butler): 6 CFR 5 Subpart B refers to requests made under the Privacy Act.
My request was instead made under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 USC
552, which provides access to any records and does not require
authorization from the person whose records are being requested. Your
agency may, of course, redact private personal information before release
in accordance with 552(b), but the fact that information about a person is
requested is not grounds for rejecting the request under FOIA.

---

On April 11, 2011:

---

On Feb. 28, 2011:

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request
the following records:

- Any records on the procedures the Secret Service uses for reading
encrypted hard disks

- Any records about Max Ray Butler (aka "Max Vision")

In particular, in his book _Kingpin_ Kevin Poulsen writes that the Secret
Service worked with Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Emergency
Response Team (CERT) to retrieve encryption keys from RAM in the case of
U.S. v. Max Ray Butler. (p. 220) Please include any records about this
case, including any communications with CERT or after-action reports.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this
request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made
available to the general public free of charge as part of the public
information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the
news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for
commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would
inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would
prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available
or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I
look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business
days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Aaron Swartz
Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
Daytime: (617) 299-1832
For mailed responses, please address:
MuckRock
185 Beacon St. #3
Somerville, MA 02143

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 452
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might
be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

 
From MuckRock.com to United States Secret Service on Sept. 14, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

 
From FOIA to Aaron Swartz on Sept. 17, 2013:

Please be advised, the requester for this request is deceased. Therefore, this request was previously closed.

Sincerely,

United States Secret Service
FOIA/PA Program

 
 
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