The FBI is increasingly using technology to infiltrate the networks of people working in government, the Justice Department said on Thursday.
The department said the Bureau of Investigation uses software to track and track down people who work in the intelligence community and federal agencies that do intelligence work.
The FBI’s use of the software, known as the Threat Intelligence Analysis Toolkit (TITK), was first reported by The Washington Post.
The DHS said the DHS has received at least 17 reports from people who have used the toolkit.
The agency has not identified specific instances where the software has been used, but it did say that there are cases where the DHS used the software to help identify potential threats to government officials.
DHS is investigating at least four of those cases, including one case in which an employee of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, who has a criminal history, was targeted by a TITK report, according to DHS.
The toolkit is designed to assist federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies in the detection and investigation of threats to national security and foreign policy.
DHS said it was working with the FBI and others to develop an updated version of the tool kit.
“While it is not possible to quantify the size of the potential threats we have identified, we believe we have made significant progress in identifying and targeting potential threats that we believe may be associated with the use of TITAK software by law enforcement, and in identifying potential threats from the private sector that may have engaged in similar activities,” the DHS said.
“In the event that an individual has a known or suspected connection to a foreign power, the threat may be significant and require our attention.”
DHS said in a statement that the department was working closely with law enforcement to identify threats and “implement appropriate mitigation measures to protect the public and the private sectors.”
The DHS has asked the U,S.
Department of Justice to investigate the matter and provide the results.
DHS Director Mike Pompeo said in his weekly briefing on Wednesday that the DHS and FBI have “successfully used this toolkit to identify potential individuals or entities who have engaged, and have continued to engage, in activities that could pose threats to the U [U.S.] and our partners.”
Pompeo added that the FBI was developing its own toolkit that would also be used by law enforcers to identify and track threats, including those who pose a threat to national defense.