An event from the past has re-surfaced, the kid involved in this drama decided to play hookey in a stupid way by ensuring the school was closed when he didnt wish to attend.http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/10/28/72842.htm
The FBI used a fake Seattle Times article and Internet link to infect a high school bomb-threat suspect's computer with spyware, an ACLU technologist said Monday.
Documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation show the FBI made up a news story about the threats, used an AP byline and emailed a link "in the style of the Seattle Times" to the suspect's MySpace account. When he clicked on the link, agents were able to track his IP address.
The Seattle Times appeared unaware of the ruse, and editor Kathy Best said she was "outraged."
"We, like you, just learned of this and are seeking answers ourselves from the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office," Best said in a statement.
"But we are outraged that the FBI misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect. Not only does that cross the line, it erases it.
"Our reputation - and our ability to do our job as a government watchdog - is based on trust. And nothing is more fundamental to that trust than our independence from law enforcement, from government, from corporations and from all other special interests. The FBI's actions, taken without our knowledge, traded on our reputation and put it at peril," Best said.
This method is also used by other arms of the US Govt and was in the past a good reason to ensure that you used SSL if it was supported by the site you wished to visit but sadly even that is no longer safe.