FBI asks Facebook “potential counterintelligence threat” from Russia – CNET

FBI asks Facebook “potential counterintelligence threat” from Russia – CNET


The FBI says it considers Facebook a “potential espionage threat.”

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Facebook would have been all fun and games for celebrities, but for the FBI, it is in the light of the Russia-based application as a potential threat to national security. 

In the Nov. 25 letter to sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, FBI assistant director Jill Tyson said that the Agency investigates Facebook over its relations with Russia. The app takes photos and adds effects, can look people older, or add a smile to your images, based in Russia. 

“The FBI considers any mobile application or a similar product, developed in Russia, such as Facebook, to a possible counterintelligence threat detected on the basis of the data of the product, the privacy policy and terms of use and the legal mechanisms available to the government of Russia, which will allow access to data within Russia’s borders,” Tyson wrote in the letter.

The FBI came the reply, in answer to a letter Schumer sent July 17, when Facebook was at its peak of popularity. Facebook was part of a viral challenge, as stars such as the Jonas Brothers, and LeBron James age even with his filters, Digital.

skeptics concerns in Facebook after looking closely at his terms and conditions of use and the privacy policy may get for the app developer, permanent rights of the people in the images, as well as the data to advertisers. 

beaches specialist, CEO of Guardian, a mobile security company, in the first step, is the app in July and concerns analysed in the case of the FBI evaluation. 

“We have found no evidence of malicious behavior in Facebook, just sloppy development practices which have been somewhat addressed, said with a pop-up dialog,” Stra compartment. “There is no evidence of a foreign intelligence threat, and statements like this by the FBI are pretty unfair to overseas developers.”

The FBI declined to comment. 

While the security researchers have not found the nefarious activities in and with Facebook, the FBI has more concerns about the app’s origins as the software itself. In his letter to the FBI did not quote or give any evidence of spying or election Manipulation of Facebook.   

Russia’s data retention laws to allow the nation to the government on request data on Russian citizens and companies within their borders. The FBI noted Russia is the System of Operative-Search measures, which allows to obtain its secret services recordings of the communications of internet service providers. 

He threw potential of disinformation from Facebook concerns, as the app captures the people, the images that could be used for the manipulation. Russia played a major role in the 2016 US presidential election for his disinformation campaign, and U.S. officials, the concern is that it then “ramp-up” during the elections in the year 2020.  

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

The company has denied to write to his relations with the Russian government on several occasions that it deletes images from its servers in 48 hours, and that you have not saved your user data in the country.  

“If the FBI checks that elected representatives, candidates, political campaigns or parties are the objectives of the foreign influence on the operations of the Facebook, would coordinate the FBI’s notifications, investigation and engage the Foreign influence Task Force, as appropriate,” said Tyson in the letter.

Originally published at 1:45 PM PT. 
Updated 4:08 p.m. PT
: To a response from the FBI and security expert comment.

Released on Tue, 03 Dec 2019 00:08:00 +0000

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