Monday, 26 October 2015

Germany Investigates Espionage Virus On Government Laptop

The German government has launched an investigation into espionage by the US secret service NSA and British intelligence agency GCHQ because of an infected laptop. On the laptop of a department of the Federal Chancellery's highly advanced Regin-espionage virus was discovered, reports Der Spiegel.

According to the Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab, the relevant NSA or been responsible for the development of the malware. Previously, the virus was already spying on a USB stick found by a staff member of Chancellor Angela Merkel.How infects computers Regin exactly is still unknown, but once active can collect the data in a very sophisticated way.Further details about the study and how the malware was detected not given by Der Spiegel. Earlier, the German authorities decided to investigate eavesdropping on the mobile phone of Merkel by the NSA, but this study was stopped in June because of a lack of evidence.

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