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The declaration describes the mode of operation of the spyware which the FBI is using under the abbreviation CIPAV (Computer and Internet Protocol Address Verifier).
CIPAV is apparently a Windows program which the FBI deploys via e-mail or Instant Messaging. The program installs itself on the target computer or on a web account such as MySpace or Google Mail from whence it moves on to the target computer. Once installed, CIPAV searches the entire hard disk and sends the FBI a record of the names of all running programs, browser data, operating system type (including the serial number) and all user information from the registry. Thereafter it apparently operates as a pen register, recording the URLs and IP addresses visited but not the contents of communications - a point which the FBI emphasised several times in their declaration. The FBI document does not reveal whether CIPAV in its current version is technically capable of including and passing on the contents of communications or indeed of keylogging.