The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a Request for Quotes (RFQ) soliciting vendors to provide malware to assist the Operational Technology Division (OTD) Investigative Analysis Unit (IAU) with their mission to support field agents in criminal investigations.
The IAU is a “team of highly trained technical analysts, specialists and engineers providing on-scene technical support, employing innovative, custom developed analytical methods and tools to analyze collected data” who provide “technical analysis of digital methods, software and data, and… technical support to FBI investigations and intelligence operations that involve computers, networks and malicious software.”
The RFQ states that “the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) intends to award a Firm Fixed Price, one-time delivery order for the purchase of malware in accordance with all terms, conditions, provisions, specifications and schedules of this solicitation herein.”
The document does not clearly specify whether the malware begin sought would be employed by agents in investigations, or whether it is needed so investigators can gain a better understanding of how malicious code operates, but given that they repeatedly call it “malware,” it is likely that the latter is the case.
“The collection of malware from multiple industries, law enforcement and research sources is critical to the success of the IAUs mission to obtain global awareness of malware threat. The collection of this malware allows the IAU to provide actionable intelligence to the investigator in both criminal and intelligence matters,” the RFQ states.
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