Agency expects the malicious code to provide actionable intelligence for criminal and intelligence matters.
The FBI seeks a commercial supplier of malicious software to supply the intelligence agency with a steady stream of 30 to 40 gigabytes per day of old variants and new, unique malware for research purposes.
According to a contract solicitation notice, the FBI seeks to ingest a variety of malware files through machine-to-machine communication, though it makes clear the feed “shall be pulled to the FBI, not pushed to the FBI,” ensuring the agency has control over when it takes in the infected files.
This next-generation malware is much more sophisticated because it uses known software or hardware exploits to deceive a computer system without a user’s knowledge, wiggling its way into a system without the user having to point-and-click or open an actual file. In addition, the FBI wants each malware file to contain metadata: the time and both the SHA1 and MD5 signatures.
“The collection of malware from multiple industries, law enforcement and research sources is critical to the success of the FBIs mission to obtain global awareness of malware threat,” the FBO notice states. “The collection of this malware allows the FBI to provide actionable intelligence to the investigator in both criminal and intelligence matters.”
Commercial providers will bid on a one-year contract that carries the potential of four one-year options.
FCW first reported the solicitation.