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Chaos Computer Club: German gov’t software can spy on citizens

Posted By yihan On October 9, 2011 @ 4:43 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

Bob Sullivan
MSNBC [1]
Sunday, October 9, 2011

A well-regarded Germany-based hacker group claims a German government-created Trojan horse program is capable of secretly spying on Web users without their consent.

The group says on its website that it obtained and analyzed a piece of software that is supposed to be a “lawful interception” program designed to listen in on Internet-based phone calls as part of a legal wiretap, but its capabilities go far beyond legal bounds.

The program is capable of logging keystrokes, activating Webcams, monitoring Web users’ activities and sending mountains of data to government officials, the club said.

To cover its tracks, the data is routed through rented servers located in the United States, the club alleges.

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