Spies Hacked Computers Thanks to Sweeping Secret Warrants, Aggressively Stretching U.K. Law

Fishman, Andrew; Greenwald, Glenn
http://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/06/22/gchq-reverse-engineering-warrants/

Publisher:  The Intercept
Date Written:  22/06/2015
Year Published:  2015  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX18010

British spies have received government permission to intensively study software programs for ways to infiltrate and take control of computers. The GCHQ spy agency was vulnerable to legal action for the hacking efforts, known as "reverse engineering," since such activity could have violated copyright law. But GCHQ sought and obtained a legally questionable warrant from the Foreign Secretary in an attempt to immunize itself from legal liability.

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