German Government Spyware Transforms Citizen’s Computers Into ‘Big Brother’-Type Surveillance Devices

CCCDiscovered by the Chaos Computer Club, reports GlobalPost:

The use of so-called “Trojan horse” software by authorities in a number of German states came to light after the Computer Chaos Club, a hacker group, published details of their examination of spyware planted on a laptop in Bavaria.

It found that the software — developed by a private company called DigiTask for the Bavarian police — was capable of much more than just monitoring internet phone calls. It could take screenshots, remotely add files and control a computer’s microphone or webcam to monitor the person’s home. However, the authorities insist that they did not deploy these functions. Investigations are ongoing.

Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant with British computer security firm Sophos, which also analyzed the software, said that the spyware could “automatically update itself over the internet, so new functionality can be added. It can be used to install new software onto the computer, so people could actually alter the contents of a suspect’s hard drive.”

The scandal has led politicians and security experts to look at whether the country’s already stringent privacy laws need firming up.

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  • Mamagriff50

    If the Germans are doing it, You can be Damn sure our government is doing it.

  • Mamagriff50

    If the Germans are doing it, You can be Damn sure our government is doing it.

  • http://sarouels.com/ Sarouel

    Is this “Big Brother” only acting in Germany, or other governments are watching us?

  • http://sarouels.com/ Sarouel

    Is this “Big Brother” only acting in Germany, or other governments are watching us?

  • Hans

    So which software do I need to use to protect me against this intrusion?

  • Hans

    So which software do I need to use to protect me against this intrusion?

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Three cheers for the last line of defense against totalitarian surveillance states…codemonkeys!!! Bless their little hearts!

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Three cheers for the last line of defense against totalitarian surveillance states…codemonkeys!!! Bless their little hearts!

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    I actually worry about this a lot. Hasn’t the PATRIOT Act allowed the government to do this for years now? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA_PATRIOT_Act  — No one seems to care.

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    I actually worry about this a lot. Hasn’t the PATRIOT Act allowed the government to do this for years now? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA_PATRIOT_Act  — No one seems to care.

  • http://spyware-prevention.co.uk/ Spyware

    There was a joke that circulated on the internet a while back which went to the idea that the US government (and major portions of many state and local governments and even the Presidency) could be outsourced to India or other … These little code snippets are how some websites (and spyware) recognize you, track your movement on the web and so forth.

  • http://spyware-prevention.co.uk/ Spyware

    There was a joke that circulated on the internet a while back which went to the idea that the US government (and major portions of many state and local governments and even the Presidency) could be outsourced to India or other … These little code snippets are how some websites (and spyware) recognize you, track your movement on the web and so forth.

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