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A Dark Side to the FBI's Magic Lantern

The agency may be developing data-tracking software that can be slipped into a computer without warning -- or a search warrant

By Alex Salkever

The Web has been abuzz recently with rumors of a new tool in the FBI's cyberarsenal. A half-dozen reputable news organizations have published stories about the so-called "Magic Lantern" -- software that supposedly tracks every keystroke made on a computer. No one, including me, has been able to get on-the-record confirmation.