FBI’s Hacker Team Uses Malware, Phishing To Spy On Suspects

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI, controls a hacker team, which uses malware to keep tabs on suspects, and has the ability to secretly turn on a webcam, according to a report about the agency’s search of a man called “Mo,” who is said to have used different forms of Internet communication to issue bomb threats across the United States last year.

Court documents showed that Mo, allegedly an Iranian, used to communicate through e-mail, video chat and Internet-based phone services without revealing his true identity, and was adept at covering his tracks. To zero in on such suspects, the FBI decided to call on its hackers to put together a piece of malware that was then delivered to Mo’s Yahoo e-mail account. The goal was to obtain information about Mo’s Internet usage and help investigators find his location, the Washington Post reported.

“We have transitioned into a world where law enforcement is hacking into people’s computers, and we have never had public debate,” Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union, told the Post. “Judges are having to make up these powers as they go along.”

via FBI’s Hacker Team Uses Malware, Phishing To Spy On Suspects: Report.

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