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Re: German intelligence tapped foreign desktops
From: Gadi Evron <ge () linuxbox org>
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 14:52:20 -0500 (CDT)

On Tue, 10 Mar 2009, Juha-Matti Laurio wrote:
"The German foreign intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), has eavesdropped on 2,500 PCs in the 
last couple of years.

News magazine Der Spiegel broke the news 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."
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It's a big "stink" in Germany now according to a friend. They have been 
trying to pass laws that will allow the Police to use Trojan horses.

I am not too impressed by the civil rights violation accusations. German 
law (IANA_G_L) includes German citizens. It is not a secret the BND is an 
intelligence agency nor that they spy on foreigners. I don't see what the 
big deal is about.

The INTERESTING questions here is about the real stink: how was the BND's 
activity compromised to the press, and is it really just 2500 computers 
after "several years" of activity?

More at
http://www.itexaminer.com/german-intelligence-tapped-foreign-desktops.aspx

(if you read German the source link here)
http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518,611954,00.html

Juha-Matti
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