FBI can use suspects' laptop cameras
December 9 , 2013
One of the FBI's high tech strategies is the agency's ability to turn on suspects' laptops without their consent and keeping the lights off at the same time.
A former official mentioned that the technique is used only to fight extremely serious crime or terror.
It was used in the case of "Mo," who was associated with several bomb threats last year. The FBI installed surveillance malware using his Yahoo email account since such programs can successfully turn on a user's webcam and even transfer information from the device.
The use of this software was approved in this particular case but such plans have also been struck down several times.
"We have transitioned into a world where law enforcement is hacking into people's computers, and we have never had a public debate," an ACLU rep said.