In a request for quote (RFQ) published on Monday, the Bureau has explained the reason behind their need:
The Operational Technology Division (OTD), Investigative Analysis Unit (IAU) of the FBI has the following mission: Provide technical analysis of digital methods, software and data, and provide technical support to FBI investigations and intelligence operations that involve computers, networks and malicious software.
The IAU has 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.
Critical to the success of the IAU is the collection of malware from multiple industry, law enforcement and research sources.
The daily malware feed must be a “snapshot” of the prior 24 hours, and its retrieval automated via machine-to-machine communication.