When a hacker goes too far with a password, the FBI is ready to use it as evidence in a cybercrime case
The FBI’s cybercrime division has been cracking down on cybercriminals, particularly those who break into people’s homes and break into their computers, and has started looking for new ways to use personal data collected by the National Security Agency’s data mining program to pursue cybercrimins.
According to a newly-released statement by the FBI’s Cybercrime Division, it is working to develop a “new approach to criminal justice based on the notion of protecting the privacy of individuals” to ensure that “no data is ever accessed without their permission.”
The statement, released Thursday, details an FBI initiative to use the personal information gathered from Naughty Dog’s games to help prosecute cybercrime cases.
The bureau is not using the data to search for information about individuals or to gather evidence.
Instead, it hopes that the information collected will help police “better understand how the criminals are exploiting the devices of law enforcement and other public safety agencies, and what information law enforcement can collect to assist in investigations.”
According to the statement, the program is a “first step in building a comprehensive and robust cybercrime investigative toolkit.”
The FBI has been working to improve the agency’s capacity to prosecute cybercrimics for a while, especially after the agency was caught using its PRISM program to spy on Google and Facebook users.
In a separate incident, the agency used PRISM to access data from an encrypted VPN service used by WikiLeaks.
The NSA program was recently exposed in a report by The Intercept.
“We will never forget the days when we could just hack a computer with our bare hands, but now we can also access data about an entire country’s citizenry,” FBI Director Robert Mueller said in the statement.
“It’s not a question of if, but when.”
“We are going to be able to leverage that information in a way that enables us to identify and pursue cybercrime activity and bring criminals to justice,” the statement continued.
“In order to do this, we will need to use this toolkit to gather data about the users of our devices and services, as well as data from the devices and communications of criminals who exploit them.
This data will help us identify who is exploiting our devices to conduct cybercrime.”
The program has been in the works for some time, and in April, Mueller revealed the development of the tools, and they will be made available to the public in the coming months.
In the statement about the program, the director said that the FBI will be able “to identify and prosecute criminals who are exploiting our products and services.”
The use of the program will likely have a direct impact on the prosecution of those who use the tools.
As Ars reported last year, it was the first time the FBI used the tools to charge a hacker with a crime in a case, after an attack on a private company that provided encryption services for the company’s network.
In that case, the hacker, who had been using the company as a conduit to transfer data, was caught after a security researcher from the company found that he was running a malware botnet.
The statement on the FBI initiative says that the program was initially launched “to provide an enhanced means to help law enforcement better understand how cybercrime organizations are exploiting their devices and data to conduct their cybercriminal activities,” and that the agency hopes the data will be useful in other investigations.
“As we’ve said repeatedly, the tools will not replace our dedicated investigative and prosecutorial resources, but rather complement them,” the FBI said.
“By utilizing this new toolkit, we hope to better understand the criminals and help our investigators better identify and investigate cybercrime activities.”
The information collected by Naughty Dogs’ data mining tool is reportedly used to help the FBI build the tools for the program.
According in the report, the Naughty dog program “provides us with access to the encrypted communications of thousands of users across the globe.”
According the statement from the FBI, “these communications are then used to build an analysis of the criminal activity.”
The tool also helps law enforcement investigate “suspects who are attempting to steal information from innocent individuals,” which is important because the tool does not have the ability to directly identify or prosecute criminals.