Apr 062017

Joseph Cox reports:

Last year, Motherboard found Australian authorities had unmasked Tor users in the US as part of a child pornography investigation. Judging by court documents, Australian authorities sent targets a hyperlink to a video that, when clicked, would give their real IP address to investigators.

Now, it has emerged the hacking operation was broader in scope, with authorities placing a booby-trapped video not only in messages to individual targets, but on a more widely accessible forum, allowing investigators to identify hundreds of suspects around the world. The case highlights the growing trend of law enforcement agencies using hacking tools and malware to identify criminals located outside of their immediate jurisdiction.

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