FBI uses virus to bust bomb threat hoaxster

by admin July 19, 2007 at 6:06 pm

A Washington state high school student has pleaded guilty to e-mailing repeated bomb threats to school in late May and early June of this year. According to a local newspaper, a court has just decided that Josh Glazebrook will serve 90 days in juvenile detention, pay $8,852 to compensate the school for additional security, and be barred from using computers, video games, or mobile phones for two years. He has also been expelled from school. But the most interesting aspect of this case is how Glazebrook was tracked down by the FBI, which used something called a “Computer & Internet Protocol Address Verifier” (CIPAV) that was installed on Glazebrook’s machine remotely. In other words, the FBI used a computer virus.

Full story: Ars Technica