When the Cops Control Your Webcam: A law and technology conference focused on law enforcement hacking and the use of malware
Without any public debate or explicit congressional authorization, US law enforcement agencies are now in the hacking business. Federal law enforcement agencies have acquired sophisticated tools which they can, and regularly do use to hack into the computers of targets, remotely enabling webcams, turning on microphones, and downloading documents and other files from the infected computers. Less sophisticated, off-the-shelf hacking and surveillance tools will inevitably be purchased by local and state law enforcement agencies, if they don't already have them.
The serious legal, policy and technology issues associated with use of such hacking tools will be the focus of a two-panel conference, held on February 18th at Yale Law School.