Magic Lantern

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"In addition to Carnivore, the FBI has been criticized for its ... development of the Magic Lantern software. Magic Lantern is keylogging software that is a combination computer worm/trojan horse. It installs itself on the target computer and allows for keystroke capturing. The rationale for developing Magic Lantern is to allow the FBI to crack the encryption that is used by terrorists and other criminals. While encryption codes are near impossible to break, the task is trivial once the encryption keys are captured. [1] Keylogging viruses are nothing new--the technology, first used by hackers, has been around for 3 years. [2] If the reports about Magic Lantern are right, then the only thing new about the software is that it is being employed by a law enforcement agency." [3] ---

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