Thursday, December 04, 2008

German police allowed to hack into computers

And so ...

German police will get sweeping new powers to hack into people's home computers with 'Trojan' viruses sent through the internet. New laws, some of the toughest in Europe, will also allow police to bug and photograph suspect's homes, tap their phones and track the location of their mobile calls.

Under the compromise, the police will need a judge's approval before using the Trojans, even in an emergency. Trojans will carry "Remote Forensic Software" that can search hard drives and send evidence back to investigators without their having to enter the suspect's home.

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