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The Legality of Watering-Hole-Based NITs Under International Law

2 Geo. L. Tech. Rev. 67

December 2017

Watering-hole-based network investigative techniques (NITs) offer a valuable tool in preventing cybercrime by enabling law enforcement to locate criminals who have anonymized their presence on the internet. Because law enforcement cannot know the location of a computer that is searched using these NITs, such use will continue to result in cross-border computer searches.

This note addresses the narrow question of whether law enforcement’s use of these watering-hole-based NITs is permissible under international law.

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