The German Custom Investigation Bureau is looking for two developers proficient in â€œmodern telecommunications network surveillanceâ€ for what appears to be a new version of a state-sponsored spyware tool.
For the project-based job, limited to a two-year period, the perfect candidate needs at least three years of experience in IT and telecom fields, practical involvement in software modeling and â€œtechnical knowledge in IT security architecture and solutionsâ€ with Linux, Windows and OSX â€“ basically every major OS out there – of particular interest to the German authorities.
This is not the first time Germany is taking a shot at building a cyber-espionage tool for monitoring purposes, but â€“ if the announcement has it right- itâ€™s definitely the first time it tries to homebrew its particular strain of spyware.
The old spyware Trojan, outsourced to a German software company, used to help federal police in criminal investigations created public controversy and eventually lead to Germany suspending it in 2011. Berlin, however, didnâ€™t give up the idea and soon began looking into a new resource of the same sort for its future criminal investigations. But this time the tool had to be created in-house.
This practice leads to a disagreement among security specialists and politicians alike. While Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich states that the State Trojan should be developed internally by the federal government itself, Germanyâ€™s justice minister, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger is concerned such software stored on government computers is a sitting duck for hackers. The minister fears that an unauthorized party could make use of the Trojans the agents have installed for investigations to log onto a government computer, access the data for illegal purposes or silently alter it to compromise investigations.