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The FBI hacked innocent users of TorMail using malware, documents show

On the internet, the line between the privacy-conscious and those committing crimes can often be a thin one—especially if you happen to be the FBI. According to recently unsealed documents, the agency has used malware to thwart online crime a bit more liberally than previously thought. In its 2013 investigation against child pornography and other … Continue reading “The FBI hacked innocent users of TorMail using malware, documents show”

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On the internet, the line between the privacy-conscious and those committing crimes can often be a thin one—especially if you happen to be the FBI. According to recently unsealed documents, the agency has used malware to thwart online crime a bit more liberally than previously thought. In its 2013 investigation against child pornography and other criminal activity, the FBI used a “network investigative technique” (NIT)a form of malware that hacks users and exposes their IP addressesagainst unsuspecting users of TorMail, the privacy-focused email service. 

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Despite promising to use such tactics carefully, the agency appears to have lobbed it more like what the ACLU called “a grenade,” according to Motherboard.

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