The FBI's Spyware: Is it Watching You?
The scary part is the manner in which he was caught and convicted. Josh Glazebook, 15, taunted authorities via e-mail and even created a MySpace profile called Timberlinebombinfo (shown), which used the alias Doug. It's through this profile that the FBI was able to track down Josh. Using a fake profile, the FBI sent a message to Timberlinebombinfo that installed a hacker-style trojan horse on his PC. The FBI spyware collected a wide range of information including the computer's IP address, MAC address, open ports, a list of running programs, the operating system type, version and serial number, preferred Internet browser and version, the computer's registered owner and registered company name, the current logged-in user name, the last-visited URL and the IP Address of every computer it connects to. Phew...
The FBI was able to install this program without a suspect or wiretap warrant because "under a ruling this month by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ... Internet users have no 'reasonable expectation of privacy' in the data when using the Internet."
So note: Simply using the Internet disqualifies you from normal expectations of privacy and safety of your data.
See Wired for the full story.
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