Hackers sue German gov’t for massive public Spying
Berlin-based hacking organisation Chaos Computer Club (CCC) has just filed a criminal case against the German government for not protecting the public against illegal mass electronic surveillance carried out by other countries.
CCC has filed the complaint jointly with the International League for Human Rights (ILMR) on Monday at the Federal Prosecutor’s Office. The complaint accuses the government of working with British and American intelligence agencies and bearing information on German citizens.
The complainants named ex-National Security Agency computer specialist and whistleblower Edward Snowden as witness. Last year, Snowden leaked top secret information on mass government surveillance that implicated German chancellor Angela Merkel and American president Barack Obama.
According to the complaint, the government has violated criminal laws by conducting ‘illegal covert intelligence activities, aiding and abetting of those activities, of violation of the right to privacy and obstruction of justice.’
Lawyer and CCC member Dr Julius Mittenzwei said ‘Every citizen is affected by the massive surveillance of their private communications. An investigation by the Federal Prosecutor General is necessary and mandatory by law – and a matter of course.’
CCC, Europe’s largest hacking group, supports hacker ethic which includes freedom of information and universal access to computer systems as a way to improve the quality of life.