Secret FBI Cyber-Project Raises Privacy Concerns

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What's more, security experts suggest that like other Trojan horse viruses, the FBI's Magic Lantern may be discovered by anti-virus programs. And security software makers such as Symantec and Sophos have already taken the position that they won't treat a Magic Lantern bug any differently than any other computer virus.

"Malicious code is malicious code," said Graham Cluely, senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus, in a statement last month. "If a customer suspects they may be under surveillance and sends a Trojan horse to us, we're going to provide protection against it."

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