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By Lucian Constantin
IDG News Service
January 10, 2012
The course of events that led to the July 2011 compromise of a computer
server used by German authorities for GPS surveillance might have
started with a police official monitoring his daughter's online
activities, according to reports in German media.
The man, who is a senior official within the German Federal Police in
Frankfurt, installed some type of spyware on his daughter's computer in
order to see what she does online, German weekly magazine Der Spiegel
reported on Sunday.
Later, a friend of the girl, who had ties to the German hacker scene,
stumbled over the Trojan installed on her computer. To get back at the
curious father, the hacker friend decided to break into the man's
Apparently, the police officer had diverted official work-related emails
to his private computer, which is most likely a serious violation of
data handling policies. "I expect that this is against the rules and is
almost always a bad idea," said Chester Wisniewski, a senior security
advisor at security company Sophos.
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