BoingBoing reports that a grad student in Informatics who is also apparently an intern in Google's Application Security Group was questioned by the FBI and forced to take down the portion of his site which generated fake boarding passes to highlight security flaws.
They later returned to seize his computers and other items.
From Chris's blog:
I didn't sleep at home last night. It's fair to say I was rather shaken up.
I came back today, to find the glass on the front door smashed.
Inside, is a rather ransacked home, a search warrant taped to my kitchen table, a total absence of computers - and various other important things. I have no idea what time they actually performed the search, but the warrant was approved at 2AM. I'm sincerely glad I wasn't in bed when they raided the house. That would have been even more scary.
I'm trying to maintain a semi-normal life. I have grad-student work to do - and a conference deadline of Nov 20th for a paper I'm working on.
The really surprising thing is that he seems slightly surprised to be targeted by the FBI now. I think he meant well, though it doesn't sound like he was trying to become a conscientious objector in the process.
He apparently has set up a PayPal account for his defense fund, though I couldn't find the link.