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The FBI Blindly Hacked Computers in Russia, China, and Iran

Cox, Joseph

Publisher:  Daily Beast
Date Written:  08/11/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article

Recent court papers indicate that the FBI repeatedly broke into devices overseas as part of ordinary criminal investigations; in countries hostile to the U.S. this could have significant geopolitical fallout.



In all, the FBI hacked over 8,000 computers in 120 countries, including across South America, Europe, and in the U.S. too. The operation led to hundreds of arrests, as well as the identification and rescue of hundreds of victims of child abuse, according to the FBI's own figures.

However, something the FBI has kept quiet and has not previously been reported, is the Bureau also hacked computers in countries that have a particularly volatile relationship with the U.S, especially around issues of malicious hacking, "including Russia, Iran, and China," according to a recently filed court record.

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