Bundestrojan: German police is cleared to use malware in spying on suspects


The German Interior Ministry has approved a measure allowing federal police to use a special Trojan virus to hack the computers and smartphones of their suspects, giving them almost unlimited opportunities to conduct surveillance on them.

The Trojan can already be employed this week, reports Deutschlandfunk radio.

The malware, which was specially developed by the German Federal Criminal Police Office, functions similarly to a typical virus used by hackers, according to Deutsche Welle. It allows officers to infiltrate a targeted device and access its files and also makes it possible for them to spy on a suspect’s communications, including e-mails or conversations conducted via phone or programs like Skype.