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Why FBI agents knocked on the door of a TechCrunch editor

November 24, 2021

Posted by Chris Roush

Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker, security editor at TechCrunch, writes about why two Federal Bureau of Investigations agents knocked on his door after he reported about a hacking of a Mexican embassy.

Whittaker writes, “We published our story, and that seemed to be the end of it.

“The FBI knock at my door a year later suggested it wasn’t. I declined to speak with the agents and closed the door.

“After we published our story the Mexican government requested the help of the U.S. Department of Justice through diplomatic channels to investigate the hack and presumably try to identify the hacker. Because I had contact with the hacker, that must have made me a subject of interest to the Mexican authorities, hence the visit a year on.

“A month after the house call, the Mexican government provided the FBI with a list of written questions it wanted us to answer, many of which were already answered in the story. Our response to the DOJ declined to provide anything more than what we had already published.”

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