FBI Impersonates AP Journalist & Creates Fake Seattle Times Article to Deliver Malware to Teen Suspect in 2007 Sting Op

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10/28-11/07/2014

When agents with the Seattle division of the FBI swarmed the home of a 15-year-old high school student that year and charged him with making bomb threats, media reports noted that the arrest was made possible with the use of a so-called “Computer & Internet Protocol Address Verifier” program, or CIPAV, that had been remotely installed on the individual’s machine to collect and then communicate to the authorities the user-specific information that eventually identified the suspect. The student later pleaded guilty to emailing repeated bomb threats to Timberline High School and was sentenced to 90 days in juvenile detention.

Until this week, how the FBI actually went about sneaking the CIPAV program onto the student’s computer was a matter that went unreported. After digging through a trove of emails (PDF) previously obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, however, American Civil…

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