The iPhone Leak Gets Ugly: Police Raid Gizmodo Editor's House, Confiscate Computers

Wow. Last week, Gizmodo published a massive scoop when they got their hands on what is mostly likely the next iPhone. At the time there was plenty of talk about the legality of Gizmodo’s actions (as they admitted to paying $5000 for the device). Now Gizmodo has just published a post saying that editor Jason Chen had four of his computers and two servers confiscated by California’s Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team, who entered the house with a search warrant.

Gawker’s COO has responded to the actions by citing California Penal Code 1524(g), which states that “no warrant shall issue for any items described in Section 1070 of the Evidence Code”, which protects information used by reporters.