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German Authorities Plant Spyware on Citizens’ Computers - Transforms Citizen’s Computers Into 'Big Brother' Type Surveillance Devices

 
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German Authorities Plant Spyware on Citizens’ Computers - Transforms Citizen’s Computers Into 'Big Brother' Type Surveillance Devices
It’s the stuff of modern nightmares.

A seemingly innocuous email plants malicious spyware on your computer, allowing strangers to not only access your private communications but also to spy on you in your own home.

The fact that such invasive technology was deployed by officials in Germany has caused uproar here.

While the monitoring of internet telephone communications is allowed by German law in serious cases, it has emerged that software deployed by some law enforcement agencies was capable of much more intrusive snooping, raising serious concerns about the potential for a “Big Brother” level of surveillance.

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.

[link to www.globalpost.com]

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Re: German Authorities Plant Spyware on Citizens’ Computers - Transforms Citizen’s Computers Into 'Big Brother' Type Surveillance Devices
Uninstall it then.
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Uninstall it then.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 3852599


You can only uninstall it if you know it's there.
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Re: German Authorities Plant Spyware on Citizens’ Computers - Transforms Citizen’s Computers Into 'Big Brother' Type Surveillance Devices
Save your files and bookmarks and restore the computer. That is what I mean by uninstall it.
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oh that's not so bad

over here stateside the NSA/CIA back doors are built in...
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Save your files and bookmarks and restore the computer. That is what I mean by uninstall it.
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And, you are assuming they didn't account for that possibility.

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