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In what appears to be the first case of its kind, federal agents sent spyware called "CIPAV" to the owner of a MySpace account tied to e-mail bomb threats against a high school.
Documents obtained in a Freedom of Information Act request by CNET News show the FBI has used a secret form of spyware to get the goods on suspects.
The FBI refuses to answer journalists' questions about its spyware that can be delivered over the Internet and implanted in a suspect's computer remotely.
How did the feds acquire all those MegaUpload conversations? There are hints that the FBI managed to place government-issued spyware on the defendants' computers.
If you turn on your computer's firewall, many times upon launching applications you will be prompted to either allow or deny that application access to the Internet. You may also wonder exactly why an application such as Microsoft Excel or Apple's Numbers
CNET has learned that the FBI has formed a Domestic Communications Assistance Center, which is tasked with developing new electronic surveillance technologies, including intercepting Internet, wireless, and VoIP communications.
The Obama administration wants to force Internet e-mail and other communications companies to build in encryption backdoors for government surveillance, The New York Times reports.
CNET learns that the agency will reveal it is "increasingly unable" to conduct some types of electronic surveillance because of Web-based e-mail, social networking sites, and P2P technology.
Conservative government is backing a proposal allowing authorities to transmit Trojans to suspects through official-looking e-mails. Opposition parties and privacy advocates cry foul.