Tuesday, September 04, 2018

"Playpen" case shows government can use malware to set up a sting

There has been some recent attention by the Electronic Frontier Foundation to malware generated by the FBI to exploit a Mozilla vulnerability and record URL’s visited by a visitor.  It seems to be acquired P2P. 

This malware may have come through P2P channels, but in a child pornography prosecution called Playpen, it has resulted in searches of users home computers, possibly in violation of the Fourth Amendment.  EFF’s strike page on the Playpen case with discussion of the malware is here. 
What sounds scary is that a foreign enemy could use the same exploit to possibly frame individuals for c.p. access.

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