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Police hacked after top cop rows with daughter

The Local · 9 Jan 2012, 09:00

Published: 09 Jan 2012 09:00 GMT+01:00

It resulted in the “Patras” server being closed down – meaning that federal police had to halt operations tracking suspects and their vehicles. Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich subsequently said computer security would be made a top priority.

Der Spiegel magazine reported on Sunday that the Frankfurt officer concerned had put a Trojan program on his daughter’s computer to monitor her activities in the internet.

A friend of the young woman from the hacker scene discovered her father’s spyware – and hacked into his computer in order to get back at him. There he found work emails which enabled him to get into the federal police computer system, the magazine said.

A 23-year-old man from North Rhine Westphalia was arrested last summer, and admitted hacking the German customs authority computer systems. The anonymous “No Name Crew” hacking group had previously posted sensitive information from customs investigations on the internet.

A police spokesman on Sunday said he could not say whether the two cases were linked.

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Your comments about this article

12:27 January 9, 2012 by dcgi
Toast hackers eh?
13:21 January 9, 2012 by cassandra777
how old was the daughter?
13:48 January 9, 2012 by bartschaff
Good question: how is the daughter?

She is probably old enough for her father's breach of privacy to be suable. Good that he should be having a hard time at work now because of it.
14:52 January 9, 2012 by vossy
Too many breaches of security by hackers, is it not time that the government employed hackers to secure the system rather than to try and prosecute them, they use "whizz kids" from university but they know nothing.

A graduate from university goes to the supemarket to start his first day at work and the manager tells him to report to the store and collect a larger floor sweeping brush, "but I am from university" said the boy.

"it is okay" said the manager "there is someone there to show you how to use it".
16:52 January 9, 2012 by heyheyhey
Vossy

What planet did you come from?
19:25 January 9, 2012 by Englishted
@vossy

Interesting idea but think how quickly their pay would rise.

Poacher turned gamekeeper.

I have also read worse jokes ,if it was a joke because it seems plausible to me.
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