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    IT Examiner: German intelligence tapped foreign desktops

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    “The German foreign intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), has eavesdropped on 2,500 PCs in the last couple of years,” reports IT Examiner. “News magazine Der Spiegel broke  on its website this weekend. According to the magazine, information saved on HDDs was copied and transferred to Pullach, where the BND is headquartered. In various other cases, keyloggers were installed to capture passwords for email accounts.”

    There are questions about the legality of the eavesdropping:

    The German Constitutional Court set rules when and how PCs within Germany may be tapped, setting the bar high and thereby defeating a new federal law proposed by minister of the interior Wolfgang Schaeuble. The current legal basis for the BND’s attempts to infiltrate PCs and networks does not fulfill the requirements set by the Constitutional Court last year. HDD and PCs may only be monitored if there is stone-hard evidence of a threat for legally protected, utmost interests.

    Last month, in the EDRI-gram, Annika Kremer (Working Group on Data Retention), and Ralf Bendrath (EDRi member Netzwerk Neue Medien – Germany) had a great summary of last year’s privacy issues in Germany.

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