[funsec] FBI's Secret Spyware Tracks Down Teen Who Made Bomb Threats
fergdawg at netzero.net
Wed Jul 18 12:38:45 CDT 2007
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Via Wired News.
FBI agents trying to track the source of e-mailed bomb threats against a
Washington high school last month sent the suspect a secret surveillance
program designed to surreptitiously monitor him and report back to a
government server, according to an FBI affidavit obtained by Wired News.
The court filing offers the first public glimpse into the bureau's
long-suspected spyware capability, in which the FBI adopts techniques more
common to online criminals.
The software was sent to the owner of an anonymous MySpace profile linked
to bomb threats against Timberline High School near Seattle. The code led
the FBI to 15-year-old Josh Glazebrook, a student at the school, who on
Monday pleaded guilty to making bomb threats, identity theft and felony
In an affidavit seeking a search warrant to use the software, filed last
month in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Washington, FBI
agent Norman Sanders describes the software as a "computer and internet
protocol address verifier," or CIPAV.
- - ferg
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