“Antivirus software vendors said Monday they don’t want to create a loophole in their security products to let the FBI or other government agencies use a virus to eavesdrop on the computer communications of suspected criminals. Under a project code-named “Magic Lantern,” the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is creating an e-mail-borne virus or Trojan horse that hides itself on the computer and captures all keystrokes made, including passwords that could be used to read encrypted mail. Despite subsequent reports to the contrary, officials at Symantec and Network Associates said they had no intention of voluntarily modifying their products to satisfy the FBI. Spokesmen at two other computer security companies, Japan-based Trend Micro and the U.S. subsidiary of U.K.-based Sophos made similar statements.” Read the rest of the story on ZDNews.
Antivirus Firms: FBI Loophole is Out of Line
2001-12-11 Bugs & Viruses 1 Comment
Completely understandable. Voluntarily modifying software so the gov can snoop on you doesn’t go down well in Consumer Land. There’d be an outcry and loss of $$ for anyone who admitted doing it.
Now whether or not they’re forced to actually do it in secret is anyone’s guess.