SOURCE: MOTHERBOARD

Ever heard of an “app interception system”?

So-called app interception or cloud interception systems are small physical boxes that steal social media passwords, emails, Dropbox contents and more from smartphones of passers-by, all with no interaction from the target.

Now, in response to Freedom of Information requests from Motherboard, the FBI has refused to neither confirm nor deny whether the agency has any contracts with two of the main companies selling such devices.

“The mere acknowledgment of whether or not the FBI has any such records in and of itself would disclose techniques, procedures, and/or guidelines that could reasonably be expected to risk of circumvention of the law. Thus, the FBI neither confirms nor denies the existence of any records,” the responses to two requests read.

The device requires “minimal training,” and “no technical skills” are necessary

In January, Motherboard requested copies of contracts between the agency and three companies: Magen 100, Rayzone Group, and Wintego, which all market their technology to law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

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