On the internet, the line between the privacy-conscious and those committing crimes can often be a thin one—especially if you happen to be the FBI. According to recently unsealed documents, the agency has used malware to thwart online crime a bit more liberally than previously thought. In its 2013 investigation against child pornography and other criminal activity, the FBI used a "network investigative technique" (NIT)—a form of malware that hacks users and exposes their IP addresses—against unsuspecting users of TorMail, the privacy-focused email service.
Despite promising to use such tactics carefully, the agency appears to have lobbed it more like what the ACLU called "a grenade," according to Motherboard. JPT