FBI Hacking In Child Porn Investigation Called Unprecedented, Troubling

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The FBI is conducting a sweeping national investigation into child porn on what is known as the dark Web, a universe of sites that are off Google's radar where users can operate with anonymity, reports the Washington Post. As criminals become more savvy about using technology such as Tor to hide their tracks, investigators are turning to hacking tools to thwart them. In some cases, law enforcement agencies are placing malware on sites that might have thousands of users. Some privacy advocates and analysts worry that in doing so, investigators may also wind up hacking and identifying the computers of law-abiding people who are seeking to remain anonymous, people who can also include political dissidents and journalists.

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