The Twitter Bot that Sounds Just Like Me

The tweet came in Monday afternoon: “@kavehwaddell …what are they looking for that isn’t backed up to iCloud data—and can produce if subpoenaed.” To most people, that tweet is the opposite of clickbait: It’s opaque, technical, and kind of boring. But the tweet wasn’t directed at most people—it was directed at me, a digital-privacy reporter who’s written extensively on encryption and the sorts of data that technology companies can and can’t turn over to law enforcement if compelled. The tweet came with a shortened URL, hiding its destination behind an unrecognizable series of characters. Had I clicked on it out of curiosity, I could’ve ended up anywhere—on a site laden with malware, for example, or a sign-in page designed to trick me into giving up usernames and passwords. As it…


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