Germany develops viruses to bug terrorists

18th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

18 November 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Germany is hiring software specialists to design "white-hat" viruses that could infiltrate terrorists' computers and help police detect upcoming attacks, an Interior Ministry spokeswoman in Berlin confirmed. The government is still drafting legislation to permit snooping via the internet under judicial control, but has decided there is no time to lose in developing the "remote forensic software." The ministry said the BKA federal police had been instructed to resume the dev

18 November 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Germany is hiring software specialists to design "white-hat" viruses that could infiltrate terrorists' computers and help police detect upcoming attacks, an Interior Ministry spokeswoman in Berlin confirmed.

The government is still drafting legislation to permit snooping via the internet under judicial control, but has decided there is no time to lose in developing the "remote forensic software."

The ministry said the BKA federal police had been instructed to resume the development and hire two specialists. The budget had been frozen after a court ruling in February that online snooping required explicit authorization by law.

The news weekly said the government had told an opposition questioner that it would need working software immediately if a law was passed to permit official break-ins to terrorists' computers.

German opponents charge that planting viruses in potential offenders' computers would be a breach of civil liberties. The viruses would be similar to so-called "black" viruses used by computer criminals.

DPA

Subject: German news

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