January 17, 2012

Germany’s federal criminal agency, the BKA, is testing at least one commercial spyware program, FinSpy, delivered through the German subsidiary of Britain’s Gamma International.

FinSpy was exposed last year as being a surveillance application that was used in Mubarak’s Egypt. It infects computers by fooling targets into installing a fake update for iTunes on desktop computers, or even a spoof download for BlackBerry mobile phones. Then, the application can provide surveillance through the computer’s own webcam and microphone, and download files without being detected.

This revelation comes three months after the German government admitted to using an software surveillance tool after a Berlin hacker group announced it had found serious flaws in that application.

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