Was the recent FBI action on Microsoft Exchange an outright overreach of the subpoena?

I don't think there is a situation that would make the FBI acceptable because of the ramifications. This is akin to someone saying, “We think your house is dangerous. Without any law in place we're going to come in and change it.” In the US at least, companies operate as private citizens and enjoy the same rights as a private citizen, but the targeted companies were instantly suspended. I would bet that there are sufficient grounds to sue the federal government for this as an overreach of subpoena. This action says the government can hack private individuals and companies for their own good because somebody overrode an insanely broad subpoena permitting it.

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I don't think there is a situation that would make the FBI acceptable because of the ramifications. This is akin to someone saying, “We think your house is dangerous. Without any law in place we're going to come in and change it.” In the US at least, companies operate as private citizens and enjoy the same rights as a private citizen, but the targeted companies were instantly suspended. I would bet that there are sufficient grounds to sue the federal government for this as an overreach of subpoena. This action says the government can hack private individuals and companies for their own good because somebody overrode an insanely broad subpoena permitting it.
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Every situation is different, it's a spectrum. There was a legal document as well as attempts at communication, so what would have been the alternative? Should they have let this issue fester? Was this backdoor causing leaks? At what point should somebody step in? You can't take this kind of action often, only in dire-case scenarios, and only after due process has been followed to make the best-case attempt. In certain cases, especially when I work with vendors, as with the Solar Winds issue, there’s a lot going in. So I might be okay with somebody coming in to help me block an issue. In other cases I might have a strong reaction. If I do have the option of saying “Get the hell out of my playground,” I will. I don't want to be hacked.
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