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FBI quietly forms secretive Net-surveillance unit

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.

By May 22, 2012


Feds: We obtained MegaUpload conversations with search warrant

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.

By January 31, 2012


FBI to announce new Net-wiretapping push

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.

By February 16, 2011


Report: Feds to push for Net encryption backdoors

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.

By September 27, 2010


Security from Malware and Intruders

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

By May 1, 2009


FBI spyware used to nab hackers, extortionists

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.

By April 17, 2009


Germany wants to sic spyware on terror suspects

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.

By August 31, 2007


FBI remotely installs spyware to trace bomb threat

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.

By July 18, 2007


FBI ducks questions about its remotely installed spyware

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.

By July 19, 2007


Week in review: Keyloggers and crime fighters

While federal agents get more practice with Internet surveillance, federal agencies grapple with privacy challenges. Also: Earnings season.

By July 20, 2007