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by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#1147 The FBI says its malware isn’t malware because the FBI is good
The FBI is facing accusations that malware it deployed while running Operation Playpen, a sting that infiltrated and maintained a dark web child pornography website for two weeks and eventually led to more than 100 arrests, was illegal. But the agency swears that using malware was good because, well, the FBI had good intentions.

Some judges have actually ruled to throw out evidence obtained by the malware the FBI used on the basis that it did not have the proper warrants. (The DOJ and FBI just had a major breakthrough with the supreme court in modifying Rule 41, giving them expansive new hacking powers, but we’ll get to that in a second.) According to a legal brief filed by they FBI, “A reasonable person person or society would not interpret the actions taken by a law enforcement officer pursuant to a court order to be malicious.”
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#1151 Cisco patches DoS flaw in NCS 6000 routers
#1150 Security software priorities shift from defence to detection and response
#1149 Google hit by fresh European Union anti-trust charges
#1148 Android banking malware blocks victims’ outgoing calls to customer service
#1147 The FBI says its malware isn’t malware because the FBI is good
#1146 Popular Android, iPhone stocks app leaks your trading activities
#1145 Mozilla begins process of letting Firefox rust
#1144 Chrysler launches Detroit’s first ‘bug bounty’ for hackers
#1143 Cisco Jasper will help us solve the IoT data-delivery problem
#1142 Drupal patches remote code execution vulnerabilities in three modules
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