Breitbart News is reporting that the FBI and DHS have been investigating the use of Epson, Sage, and Epson Scan software to create fake social media accounts in violation of a law that prohibits the use and dissemination of false social media profiles.
According to an affidavit obtained by Breitbart News, Epsons software “is an important component of the NSA’s cyberspace operations.”
Epson Scan, Epssan, and Sage all appear to have been developed and deployed by the NSA to conduct a variety of surveillance activities, including collecting data about foreign individuals’ social media activity, the affidavit states.
Epson and Sage were used by the National Security Agency to conduct surveillance of foreign political organizations, and the software was used by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to create the “Snowden documents” that revealed the agency’s spying activities.
According the affidavit, Epsi Software is the software that is being investigated.
It was also used by Epson to create an account called “David,” which was used to post fake messages on social media, according to the affidavit.
The “David” account was created in November 2017, the document states.
Sage Software is being charged with a felony of violating a federal law known as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, or CFAA.
The CFAA criminalizes the unauthorized use or distribution of “intellectual property” and prohibits the unauthorized “unauthorized use or possession of any computer program, network device, or communication system.”
Sage has not responded to requests for comment.
Epson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this story.
Epson Software is a software vendor that provides “epson” technology to the NSA.
EpSON is a trademark of Epsone Software LLC, a division of Epsi Inc.
Sampson Software was not immediately available for comment, but a Facebook page for Epson is available.
The affidavit states that a federal magistrate judge in Washington, D.C., issued a search warrant for Epsonic Software, Epsin, and Sage Software on March 8.
The affidavit states the warrant is for information related to “sampson software” and “epsson software.”
The affidavit says the warrant was executed on the premises of Epsin’s offices in Seattle, Washington, and that the warrant also covers Epsion Software’s “epsen software.”
Epsons web page describes the Epson software as an application for “using and analyzing social media and other digital media.”
Epsson is a subsidiary of Epsim Software LLC.
Epsim is also a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
The Epsins software is used in a variety by the government.
Epsion is used by many companies that receive government contracts, including the Department of Defense, NASA, the FBI, the Department in the United Kingdom, and other government agencies.
The FBI said in a statement that it was aware of the allegations.
“We have reviewed and confirmed these allegations and are working with the relevant authorities,” the statement read.
“As a result of the investigation, the agency is seeking a warrant to access any computer that is believed to have contained or accessed this material.”