German Police are allegedly monitoring Skype, GMail, MSN Hotmail and Facebook chat, according to a report detailing the Federal Ministry of Home Affairsâ€™ expenses.Â Since 2002, more than 7 million euros has been spent on external service providers for border control biometrics, passenger information systems, and telecommunications surveillance.
â€œMoney is spent on Trojan viruses and we can be quite certain which company produces the IMSI catchers used by German police,â€ said blogger Anna Roth, who first discovered the evidence of intercepting. â€œAltogether more than a billion euro was spent on private services by German police and other public authorities in the realm of the ministry of home affairs in the years 2002 â€“ 2012.â€
One of Germanyâ€™s regular contractors was Digitask, which supplied and installed â€œcapture units,” often on a rental basis. Under contract from law-enforcement, the software company is also known for developing a Trojan a couple of years ago to spy on a man accused of trading narcotics. The malware was also able to install backdoors and keyloggers on targeted computers.
Authorities pay 15,000 euro to lease a Digitask surveillance Trojan for 3 months, or 200,000 euro for the annual license, according to the report. German police have also paid for â€œclandestine radio equipment,” micro-cameras, and forensic software. The report also included classified information about Germanyâ€™s domestic and foreign intelligence services and the Federal Office for Information Security.