The Chaos Computer Club (CCC) has discovered a malware designed by the German government to spy on its citizens, which has been lurking in the wild.
According to the German government, the malware in question is used by German law enforcement agencies as a ‘lawful interception’ software for keeping track of calls made over the Internet.
Contrasting this, according to a post made by the CCC, the malware being used by the government violates constitutional laws of the country.
The malware is capable of, apart from listening in on internet calls, keylogging, remotely activating web cams, keeping a track of victims’ web activities and sending stolen data to government servers. The CCC warned that it is also capable of remotely installing software on users’ computers without their knowledge or consent.
“The analysis concludes, that the Trojan’s developers never even tried to put in technical safeguards to make sure the malware can exclusively be used for wiretapping internet telephony, as set forth by the constitution court. On the contrary, the design included functionality to clandestinely add more components over the network right from the start, making it a bridge-head to further infiltrate the computer,” the CCC wrote in the blog post.