6:59 am - Friday July 25, 2014

Top German cop uses spyware on daughter, gets hacked in retaliation

German police, has it’s ways of getting things done. For instance, they love to use trojan horse viruses, I mean, they really love them; a scandal erupted in Parliament last year after federal investigators were found to be using custom spyware that could potentially record far more information than allowed by law. But sometimes these trojans can back fire, take for example a top German security official that installed a trojan on his own daughter’s computer to monitor her Internet usage. What could possibly go wrong? Just a father taking care of his daughter online right?

Well, not exactly, of his daughter’s friends found the installed spyware. The friend then went after the dad’s personal computer as a payback and managed to get in, where he found a cache of security-related e-mails from work. The e-mails, in turn, provided the information necessary for hackers to infiltrate Germany’s federal police and so they did.

That in it’s self is horrible, but it wasn’t over yet, it got worse. The hackers got into the servers for the “Patras” program, which logs location data on suspected criminals through cell phone and car GPS systems. The hack was so vicious that the German government felt Concerned about security breaches, eventually had to take the entire set of Patras servers offline.

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