For a collaboration with investigative journalists, Prof. Thorsten Holz from the Chair of System Security analyzed the source code of a malicious software that was presumably used in Turkey to spy on opposition members. He came to the conclusion that the software "Finspy" had been used for this purpose. It is the product of a German company with which telephone calls can be tapped and chats can be read.
The analysis thus confirmed a report by the non-governmental organisation "Access Now", which drew journalists' attention to the subject.
On the basis of these analyses, the Munich public prosecutor's office is now investigating the manufacturer. Germany has strict laws on the export of espionage software. According to the public prosecutor's office, there is a suspicion that the German manufacturer did not obtain the necessary approval from the German government and thus sold the software illegally.
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