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FBI gather info on suspects by using hacking techniques.

Law-enforcement officials in the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations FBI, are expanding the use of tools routinely used by computer hackers to gather information on suspects, including spyware delivered to computers and phones through email or Web links—techniques more commonly associated with attacks by criminals.

However all activities related with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s programs say that the use of hacking tools is strictly applied under court orders.

The FBI is using this methods in order to keep up with suspects who use new communications technology, including some types of online chat and encryption tools. The use of such communications, which can’t be wiretapped like a phone, is called “going dark” among law enforcement.READ MORE HERE

Also, according to RT.com, US law enforcement is quietly applying pressure on telecommunication companies to install technology that would provide them with user data, a strategy likely to expand government surveillance into areas where users do not know they are being monitored.

 

Hoping to expand the government’s ability to intercept pictures, text, chat logs, and other data in real time, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has sought to convince online companies to install new, previously undisclosed software known as “port reader,” according to a CNET report.

Port reader is known as a “harvesting program” so all-encompassing that data carriers are “extra-cautious” about its use, said one former government official, who spoke to the technology website on the condition of anonymity. READ MORE HERE