Germany: New govt. malware to track comms of ‘criminals and others’

Germany: New govt. malware to track comms of ‘criminals and others’
The horse it rides in on. (Image: PBS video screen grab)

[Ed. – Yes, the German federal government has announced this.  Show of hands: who is willing to rely on this “Trojan horse” to remain exclusive to German IT connections?  Once again, 2016 is off to a horrifying start.]

Germany’s Federal government has announced it’s new “trojan horse” computer software which will allow it to spy on citizens computers and smartphones.

The German Interior Ministry has formally announced that they have created a new “Bundestrojaner” or government trojan horse software to enable them to track the communications of anyone that downloads it according to the German press, in addition to purchasing an “off the shelf” tool from a company which is said to help authoritarian regimes track their citizens. …

The government tried to reassure concerned citizens by saying that the software only has the capacity to monitor communications and not have access to sensitive files. The methods the program would use would be to record the subject’s microphone for telephone or Skype calls, log the key strokes of a computer or mobile device, and access the cameras of any device infected.

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