Sunday, April 29, 2007

German Federal Trojan Horse Spy

The German language "Chaos Computer Club" posted a report on April 1, 2007 that they had found a so-called "Federal Trojan Horse Virus" (Bundestrojaner) in the official on-line tax-form submitting software ELSTER.

Germany is currently debating whether the federal government should be allowed to snoop personal computers of its citizens (and as the government had to admit on April 25 that they have actually been doing this since 2005, but want to have this activity supposed to help "fight terrorism" legitimized by law).

There was an enormous interest in the German media about this, CCC was forced to publish a footnote declaring that this was intended as a joke, but that they cannot say for sure that there is not a Trojan Horse virus to be found in this software....

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