Why the FBI Hacked Hundreds of Computers

It’s for their own good.

It almost sounds like a conspiracy theory. This week, the FBI announced that it hacked hundreds of servers around the US, remotely executing code on the machines.

But it’s very real. In fact, the Justice Department itself made the announcement, and received court authorization to do this.

The whole thing sounds very strange. But it turns out the hack had a very specific purpose: to protect these computers from the very same exploit the FBI was using to hack into them.