“New version German government spyware works only on Windows version of Skype ‘




The new version of the German “Bundestrojaner’- government spyware has some serious limitations. For example, the software would only work with Skype, and only on the Windows platform. Operating systems like OS X, Linux, Android and iOS might not be supported.

The German newspaper Die Welt reported further on the basis of anonymous sources that the intention was that the newly developed spyware could be placed directly on the peripherals include terror suspects. In this way, for example, would be end-to-end encryption should be circumvented. However, the software is also not able to provide access to the popular chat-apps WhatsApp, Telegram and Viber. A government spokesman could the newspapers not provide further explanation for safety reasons.

The new version was released on February 22 for use by the German police and secret services. The first version of the Bundestrojaner was decompose in 2011 by the Chaos Computer Club hackers and turned out to be very poorly designed. In addition, this version contains features that went beyond the legal mandate of investigative services. Therefore gave the German government commissioned the development of a new version, which was launched in 2013.

The German government would next Bundestrojaner also ordered a commercial product by the company Gamma International, the maker of the controversial FinFisher -malware. This product is not ready yet according to a government spokesman.

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