Thread: PGP and the FBI
11-20-2001, 08:28 PM #1Junior Member
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PGP and the FBI
FBI software cracks encryption wall
‘Magic Lantern’ part of new ‘Enhanced Carnivore Project’
By Bob Sullivan
Nov. 20 — The FBI is developing software capable of inserting a computer virus onto a suspect’s machine and obtaining encryption keys, a source familiar with the project told MSNBC.com. The software, known as “Magic Lantern,” enables agents to read data that had been scrambled, a tactic often employed by criminals to hide information and evade law enforcement. The best snooping technology that the FBI currently uses, the controversial software called Carnivore, has been useless against suspects clever enough to encrypt their files.
MAGIC LANTERN installs so-called “keylogging” software on a suspect’s machine that is capable of capturing keystrokes typed on a computer. By tracking exactly what a suspect types, critical encryption key information can be gathered, and then transmitted back to the FBI, according to the source, who requested anonymity.
The virus can be sent to the suspect via e-mail — perhaps sent for the FBI by a trusted friend or relative. The FBI can also use common vulnerabilities to break into a suspect’s computer and insert Magic Lantern, the source said.
Magic Lantern is one of a series of enhancements currently being developed for the FBI’s Carnivore project, the source said, under the umbrella project name of Cyber Knight.
11-21-2001, 08:08 AM #2New Member
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This shit pisses me off!
11-21-2001, 08:17 AM #3
FB...I agree with you
11-21-2001, 08:31 AM #4
if they start doing that shit to your computer you're probably into some bigtime shit. i don't they'll waste time with small timers...
11-21-2001, 10:22 AM #5
11-21-2001, 10:46 AM #6
LT pulls through once again. Thanks bro!
11-22-2001, 11:30 AM #7
All you can really do is get a good virus scanner and keep those virus definitions UP TO DATE! I like Norton! Also, maybe get a personal firewall.. Norton, tinysoftware, checkpoint. Or spend some real cash and get a Nortel, or CiscoPIX firewall for 5g.. And don't stop using the PGP software! It's sweet! When looking for a good firewall you should chose one that filters egress trafic.. (aka all outbound packets.)
Knowledge is power!
11-22-2001, 07:30 PM #8Originally posted by CarbonCopy
Also, maybe get a personal firewall.. Norton, tinysoftware, checkpoint.
11-22-2001, 11:56 PM #9
Norton, and Tinysoftware make personal firewalls. They are software based. The Nortel, Checkpoint, and CiscoPIX firewalls are hardware based and cost a lot of money. They reall aren't tageted at the home user.. I was joking when I said that :P You can get the Norton and Tiny here:
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