Government Remotely Disables Software on Personal Computers
The FBI remotely disabled software installed on privately owned personal computers located in the United States.
If this isn’t controversial, it should be.
The software is presumed to be malicious, having been accused of stealing account information and passwords from hundreds of thousands of people.
Does that make it less controversial?
Hundreds of thousands of computers have one less bot on them. That’s certainly a good thing. Hundreds of thousands of computer owners had their computers remotely manipulated by law enforcement. Is that a good thing? A dangerous precedent?
Interesting, for sure.
Update: Gary Warner has an excellent write-up.
Posted on: April 13, 2011
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