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FBI Employing Hackers’ Techniques

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

August 2, 2013

The Wall Street Journal reports U.S. law enforcement officials are “expanding the use of tools routinely used by computer hackers to gather information on suspects.” Law enforcement calls the practice, which includes remotely activating Android microphones to record conversations on cellphones or on laptops and hiring hackers themselves, “going dark.” The ACLU says there should be legal guidelines on how such hacking tools can be used. A spokesperson for the Justice Department said it makes decisions regarding legal authority to conduct surveillance on a case-by-case basis. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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