Saturday, August 3, 2013
The FBI develops some hacking tools internally and purchases others from the private sector. With such technology, the bureau can remotely activate the microphones in phones running Google Inc.’s GOOG +0.26% Android software to record conversations, one former U.S. official said. It can do the same to microphones in laptops without the user knowing, the person said. Google declined to comment.
bureau typically uses hacking in cases involving organized crime, child
pornography or counterterrorism, a former
The FBI has been developing hacking tools for more than a decade, but rarely discloses its techniques publicly in legal cases.
this year, a federal warrant application in a
at least 2005, the FBI has been using “web bugs” that can gather a computer’s
Internet address, lists of programs running and other data, according to
documents disclosed in 2011. The FBI used that type of tool in 2007 to trace a
person who was eventually convicted of emailing bomb threats in