FBI Admits Using Stingrays, Rapid DNA Matching Machines and Hacking Computers

A top official in the FBI’s Operational Technology Division admitted that in addition to using biometric databases and rapid DNA-matching machines, the agency hacks computers and software, and uses Stingrays to mimic cell phone towers.
The revelations came in a Washington Post profile of the executive assistant director for science and technology, Amy Hess, who oversees the Bureau’s Operational Technology Division.

“All of the most interesting and troubling stuff that the FBI does happens under Amy Hess,” Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union, told The Washington Post. “If it’s high-tech and creepy, it’s happening in the Operational Technology Division.”

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