FTX News: Former FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried to get a new phone and a laptop with special features from the U.S. authorities. The mobile will be a flip phone or a “non-smartphone” and a laptop with limited internet access or access to only whitelisted websites as part of new bail restrictions.
According to a letter sent to Judge Lewis Kaplan late Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) proposes limiting access to digital devices by Sam Bankman-Fried. The DOJ prosecutors earlier accused SBF of witnessing tampering after he used encrypted messaging apps and VPN to contact FTX employees and access other websites.
SBF will get a new flip phone with no internet, with functions restricted to SMS text messages and voice calls only. Moreover, a new laptop with limited internet capabilities or access to only whitelisted websites. All details on the phone and laptop including serial numbers, IMEI number, MAC address, and IP address will be provided to the court and the government.
The filing states access to 10 websites to prepare for his defense. Also, 23 websites such as news websites, Netflix, Spotify, Doordash, Uber Eats, Amazon, Major League Baseball, and the National Football League.
SBF’s mother and father are required to provide details on their devices to the court and the DOJ to prevent conflicts of interest.
FTX News: Prior Restriction on Sam Bankman-Fried Remains Unchanged
Other restrictions agreed upon by the court earlier remain intact. This includes forbidding SBF from communicating with FTX employees and immediate family members unless a counsel is present. Also, the use of any encrypted messaging apps and personal VPNs are prohibited.
GoinGape earlier reported that Sam Bankman-Fried has proposed two technical consultants to help the judge determine appropriate bail conditions. He named former FBI Edward Stroz and digital forensics consultant Michael McGowan in the court filing this week.
SBF is currently on a bond set at $250 million and his trial is scheduled on October 2. As of now, Bankman-Fried has pleaded not guilty to all counts of charges.
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