The FBI’s advanced surveillance methods can even activate a computer’s webcam to spy on computer users — without switching on the device’s telltale green light — reports about the investigation behind a bomb threat suspect reveal.
The covert snooping in the case of a mystery man, “Mo,” also shows how investigators can download files, photographs and stored e-mails from a computer without its owner knowing, reports The Washington Post.
“We have transitioned into a world where law enforcement is hacking into people’s computers and we have never had public debate,” Christopher Soghoian of the American Civil Liberties Union said.According to The Post, “Mo” had threatened to blow up several people-filled facilities, including airports and colleges, if authorities wouldn’t free James Holmes, who pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity
earlier this year for killing 12 people in a Denver-area movie theater in 2012.
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