“Bimen and Harris employees actively hack into target computers for the FBI,” Soghoian told CorpWatch.
Soghoian verified the information from other sources, after uncovering the information from Freedom of Information Act requests filed by the
“The government doesn’t have the resources to directly monitor every American or let alone every foreigner but they want to read the communications of every foreigner and they want to collect information on every American,” explains Soghoian. “What do you do when you don’t have the manpower to collect everyone’s communications?”
The answer, he says, is spy software. This is not unprecedented among government agencies. For example, the
The software allowed them to capture “screen images from the government laptops of five scientists as they were being used at work or at home, tracked their keystrokes, intercepted their personal e-mails, copied the documents on their personal thumb drives and even followed their messages line by line as they were being drafted,” the New York Times reported last year.
Other companies like
But what agencies like the
In order to combat this, Soghoian says the
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