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[boingboing] Chaos Club cracks Germany's illegal government malware - a spy trojan

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Germany's Chaos Computer Club published the sourcecode for a piece of malware used by the German government to spy on citizens. The software was discovered in the wild and reverse engineered. It can be used to spy on or control remote PCs. Because of flaws in the software, anyone who was infected with this by German police was vulnerable to spying by "anyone on the street."
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I can see our world leaders talking now: "Those people on the internet, yea, they've had too much freedom and privacy for too long!" Good for Chaos cracking it.

Though this has been banned in Germany since '08 I have a feeling this is only the beginning of government-directed internet spying in Germany and elsewhere. I am sure we will be told it is to protect us from something, or keep our children safe.

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Originally Posted by Samuel Adams
The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.

Edited by 8ight - 10/11/11 at 9:49am
 
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Originally Posted by 8ight View Post
I can see our world leaders talking now: "Those people on the internet, yea, they've had too much freedom and privacy for too long!" Good for Chaos cracking it.

Though this has been banned in Germany since '08 I have a feeling this is only the beginning of government-directed internet spying in Germany and elsewhere. I am sure we will be told it is to protect us from something, or keep our children safe.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Samuel Adams
The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
funny thing, as Sam Adams signed the sedition act.
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funny thing, as Sam Adams signed the sedition act.
Indeed he did, but it makes the quote no less great or true!
 
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Please provide a link.
    
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Please provide a link.
Forgot that, link was still copied to my clipboard. OP fixed.
 
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Yeah, you forgot to put the link to your news article.

Did they actually release the program and look through what it does more specifically?
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Yeah, you forgot to put the link to your news article.

Did they actually release the program and look through what it does more specifically?
Beat you to it fixing the link

There is a link in the article to CCCs website with the writeup by CCC.
 
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Lol, so it's basically just an unsecure, cruddy, RAT. Heh, skids.
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Lol, so it's basically just an unsecure, cruddy, RAT. Heh, skids.
Yes, but it's not the software that's scary, it's that the government can legally use it.
 
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funny thing, as Sam Adams signed the sedition act.


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The most important feature of the Act was that it reintroduced a significant new rule of evidence in high treason trials, namely that nobody could be convicted of treason except by the evidence of "two lawful and credible witnesses upon oath... brought in person before him or them face to face..."
In other words, the sedition act made it notably more difficult to be convicted of treason without heavy evidence.
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