Government hacking goes on steroids (The 3:59, Ep. 147)

Also on the podcast, we tackle the Gooligan hack hitting some Android devices, and Reddit's scandal over comment editing.

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It just got a lot easier for the FBI to hack into your computer.

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Changes to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure went into effect Thursday, meaning that federal investigators can now hack into computers anywhere with just one warrant from a judge. Before, agents had to get warrants from judges in the district where they wanted to plant the malware.

We chat about what this means for your privacy and security as the US government ramps up its surveillance tools. Also on the podcast, we talk about Android devices -- more than a million -- getting hit by the Gooligan hack, and Reddit's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad comment-editing scandal.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.

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