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This article by Frederick Lane from Newsfactor.com details how the FBI used a Spyware program to catch a person who created a string of emails about bomb threats at a school.

FBI Uses Spyware To Track Bomb Hoax:
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According to Special Agent Norm B. Sanders, Jr., who applied for an affidavit authorizing the use of CIPAV, the program is capable of secretly sending to the FBI information about a computer's IP and MAC addresses, other environment variables, and certain registry-type information.
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When the FBI traced the IP address of the e-mail and MySpace accounts, they were led to a hijacked computer in the National Institute of Nuclear Physics in Italy. Having reached a dead end, they determined that the next step was to send CIPAV to the e-mail address from which the bomb threats were sent.

The information collected by CIPAV led to the arrest of Glazebrook, who pleaded guilty on Monday to identity theft, felony harassment, and making bomb threats. He was sentenced to 90 days in juvenile detention.
It's not a very long read, but interesting nonetheless.

He got off easy if you ask me.
    
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this is ABC(already been chewed) news

no suprise the NSA have been spying on the us for years phone tapping hearing ur every word that you say and record any keywords which are said I don't wish to say that key words but I am sure you can figure it out
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this is ABC(already been chewed) news

no suprise the NSA have been spying on the us for years phone tapping hearing ur every word that you say and record any keywords which are said I don't wish to say that key words but I am sure you can figure it out
Um.... what? I just thought it was interesting how the FBI obtained a warrant to use a Spyware program to catch a nasty dude wreaking havoc at a High School.

Please leave unprovable conspiracy theories at the door. Thanks!
    
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that is definitely an interesting way to catch people but, since most people use computers than i guess that was quite the smart move.

How would you avoid something like that? tunnel whatever you're doing through a proxy server?

Iwars are going to get more and more intense between hacks/exploiters and the PoPo, things could get nasty!
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that is definitely an interesting way to catch people but, since most people use computers than i guess that was quite the smart move.

How would you avoid something like that? tunnel whatever you're doing through a proxy server?


Iwars are going to get more and more intense between hacks/exploiters and the PoPo, things could get nasty!
Did you read? Thats what he did. it did not help. They got to a hijacked compy in the NINP of Italy. (which he used as a botnet or proxy serv)....but finally just spammed his email with CIPAV.

of course even email tunneling through proxies would be bypassed in this manner.
    
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