FBI implanted spyware leads to arrest of bomb threat suspect

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The FBI used a novel type of remotely installed spyware last month to investigate who was e-mailing bomb threats to a high school near Olympia, Wash.

Federal agents obtained a court order on June 12 to send spyware called CIPAV to a MySpace account suspected of being used by the bomb threat hoaxster. Once implanted, the software was designed to report back to the FBI with the Internet Protocol address of the suspect’s computer, other information found on the PC and, notably, an ongoing log of the user’s outbound connections.

My earlier blog entry on whether anti-virus can detect law enforcement-installed malware.

Entire story here:

http://news.com.com/8301-10784_3-9746451-7.html

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  1. Pingback: AV vendors will block law enforcement key loggers, for now « Peter H Gregory, CISA, CISSP

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