FBI Wants to be allowed to hack into computers

And there you have it.

Because I lack the words to adequately describe my feelings on the issue, I’ll just use image macros/animated gifs (converted to movies, because gifs are horrible).

The change is designed specifically to help federal investigators carry out surveillance on computers that have been "anonymized" – that is, their location has been hidden using tools such as Tor.

Captian Picard doing a face-palm

Were the amendment to be granted by the regulatory committee the FBI would have the green light to unleash its capabilities – known as “network investigative techniques” – on computers across America and beyond. The techniques involve clandestinely installing malicious software, or malware, onto a computer that in turn allows federal agents effectively to control the machine, downloading all its digital contents, switching its camera or microphone on or off, and even taking over other computers in its network.

Ghappour fears that such a statement amounts to "possibly the broadest expansion of extraterritorial surveillance power since the FBI’s inception". He told the Guardian that "for the first time the courts will be asked to issue warrants allowing searches outside the country".


In recent legal argument, US prosecutors claimed that even if they had hacked into the server without a warrant, it would have been justified as "a search of foreign property known to contain criminal evidence, for which a warrant was not necessary".