Would police use malware to catch cyber-criminals?

By Archean
Nov 4, 2011
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    Cyber criminals use Trojans to steal information, but are the same techniques of electronic surveillance being used by the agencies set up to protect us?

    Fighting fire with wires

    There was controversy earlier this month when the German state of Bavaria admitted using a Trojan - a malicious program sent to a digital device covertly to collect data - to gather intelligence on suspected criminals. The R2D2 malware received criticism for it potentially allowing officials to launch software and capture images on the infected computer.

    An interesting twist in this fight, nonetheless, it deserves a much more open debate IMO before law enforcement employs such techniques and further invade people's privacy.

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