Got a smartphone or any other camera equipped gadget with you? Great, because that way you can save a lot of trouble if the FBI needs to spy on you, since the Bureau can reportedly access your camera without you knowing anything about it!
As the Washington Post reports, the American agency is able to use your gadget's camera “without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording.”
Scary? Well, not really a surprise there!
Even though the FBI typically uses this kind of methods investigating terrorist threats, the technique certainly exists and could potentially be used by anyone who possesses it, not just the law.
Besides dubious camera access, the Bureau can reportedly also locate a suspect using malicious software tracking internet activity, email and so on (also no real surprises here).
This type of spy-like methods are referred to as “network investigative techniques,” by the FBI.
Moreover the Bureau agents can download pictures, access files and emails without any notification to the user/suspect.
In other FBI tactics, cyber-attacks and phishing are used, not unlike what scammers do after all.
The Washington Post claims that the Bureau can activate a web-cam without you knowing about it for years now, but former U.S. officials say that this type of attacks are used virtuously, and not in large scale...