Police Seize Gizmodo Editor’s Computers in iPhone Probe

Officers execute warrant on Jason Chen’s home; Gawker says warrant was invalid

The bizarre case of the "lost" next generation iPhone acquired by Gawker Media’s Gizmodo last week took yet another weird turn over the weekend.

According to Gizmodo, police in California seized four computers and two servers from Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s home on Friday.

According to Gawker, California’s Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team "entered editor [Chen’s] home without him present," and "did so using a warrant by Judge of Superior Court of San Mateo." Gaby Darbyshire, the COO of Gawker Media LLC, said the search warrant "was invalid under section 1524(g) of the California Penal Code."

According to Yahoo, REACT is a "multi-agency task force that was founded to work with the computer industry to tackle high-tech crimes." And — surprise, surprise — Apple sits on the task force’s steering committee.

Gawker chief Nick Denton could not immediately be reached for comment.

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