CNN has obtained a confidential FBI report detailing code-breakers who have helped the FBI break into thousands of files and decipher millions of clues from the agency’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
The report, which was obtained by CNN, details code-cracking techniques that allowed the FBI to break into the Hillary Clinton emails of the Democratic nominee and the Democratic National Committee’s server during the 2016 election.
In a statement, FBI Director James Comey said the report showed that the FBI was able to use a code-word — known as an “Sigint” — to unlock a vast amount of information from a computer, “and it was not an accident that we got this information by breaking into those machines.”
The FBI report, dated January 28, 2017, also describes how one of the code-makers used a method called “sandboxing” to hide key data and information from being captured by the agency.CNN has also obtained a list of more than 500 known “sandboxes,” code-words that are used to hide sensitive information from capture by the FBI.
The names of the known sandboxes have been redacted.CNN’s sources told CNN that they were able to work around these codes by changing their operating system, or operating system settings.
In this screengrab from an internal FBI file, a computer is shown in a sandbox, or code-hole, that is set to a default setting in an operating system.
The code-coding techniques used to break in are also being used by law enforcement agencies across the country.
A code-runner, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told CNN the technique of using an operating setting that is a “soft reset” allows the code to be written into the code by a third-party.
This allows the system to erase data from the computer, and it then allows a hacker to easily re-enter the code without needing to know a password.
“That allows us to use the sandbox to change the operating setting of the system.
And that’s why, in order to change an operating mode, the hacker needs to be able to enter a password,” the code writer said.CNN is withholding the names of those who are working on the code, or those working on their code.
The report was dated January 30, 2017.
The FBI’s report describes the techniques used by the code crackers.
In addition to a code, they have also developed a set of software tools that are “fuzzing” to find patterns that would be used by hackers to break the code.
It also describes “sneak attacks” where hackers use an unpatched computer to install software that can bypass security software on the machine.
The “sandbox” is not just used by code-makers to hide information.
The FBI also notes that “sand boxes” are also used by criminals to steal data.
CNN is withholding these details, because the report is still classified.
The Clinton email investigation has focused on whether she and her aides broke federal law in a scheme to use their position to advance the Clinton charity and help foreign governments obtain access to U.S. uranium.
The U.N. Security Council has called for an independent investigation into those allegations, and the State Department has said the FBI has uncovered evidence that the Clinton foundation was used to solicit donations.