The Lazy Genius

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FBI's Secret Spyware Tracks Down Teen Who Made Bomb Threats

Posted by Xavier Ashe on July 20, 2007

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 harassment.

Read the full article on Wired.  I believe that this is the first confirmed use of an FBI Trojan horse program in a criminal investigation.  That we know of 😉


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