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The FBI is secretly hiding malware in some websites

The FBI is secretly hiding malware in some websites
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There's another group out there installing malware on computers - the FBI. It's using a tactic called drive-by hacking to track computers using the Tor anonymous computing system.

Security experts call it a “drive-by download”: a hacker infiltrates a high-traffic website and then subverts it to deliver malware to every single visitor.

With Tor, users can browse the Internet anonymously. The program routes your signal through multiple computers to hide your tracks online. But, the FBI has found out how to infiltrate the system. It infects target sites and then tracks users using the installed malware.

The FBI is using drive-by hacking to track users on the Dark Net, hidden websites that are only accessible through Tor. These websites usually deal in serious activity like drugs, child porn and murder contracts. The FBI has had some success tracking users of child porn sites and have 14 heading to trial. In the first child porn case, the malware was designed to identify the computers used by users and not take any other information.

On the surface, this sounds like a great tool to help law enforcement find and arrest some terrible criminals. But, questions are beginning to arise because there is some evidence that the FBI is tracking legal websites on Tor, too.

Next page: Find out why some are worried by this tactic
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