Pinboard On The Same FBI Raid That Took Their Servers

by Christopher Paul on June 25, 2011

Pinboard was also affected by the FBI raid that stole Instapaper. They posted an FAQ on their blog. I’ll try to translate where I can.

“Does the FBI have my bookmarks?

In order for the FBI to collect this data, they would need a warrant for it. At this point I have no reason to believe our site was included in the warrant. A FOIA request for the warrant has been filed and we should be able to see it within about two weeks.”

A: Yes… But it doesn’t mean they should.

“Is my password safe?

This depends on how much you trust the FBI.”

A: No.

One odd thing, though, is the Pinboard guys are saying Instapaper stored passwords in plain when Marco Arment already said he uses salted SHA1 hashes just like Pinboard. I don’t know where they got the idea that plain text was involved but, either way, I’d change your password(s).

FAQ about the recent FBI raid – Pinboard Blog

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